Liceu down the generations
Come to the Liceu with those dearest to you and give them a chance to experience live opera: this is the aim of “Liceu down the generations”, a performance tailor-made for subscribers who want to hand down their love for opera to coming generations. A gift of cultural enrichment that goes beyond entertainment.
This year's performance is Rigoletto on Saturday 4 December 2021 at 7 pm.
Subscribers can be accompanied by 3 people to whom they want to transmit their passion for opera (2 of whom must be between 14 and 28 years of age).
Flat-rate price: 35 €. Limited number of tickets available.
Minimum age: 14 years
Tickets go on sale on 4 October at 10 am
Contradictions and conflicts in an extraordinary score
In a letter to his librettist Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi wrote: “Oh! Victor Hugo's Le Roi s’amuse deals with the greatest of themes and is perhaps the most important play of modern times. It's worthy of Shakespeare!”. He was working on an adaptation of King Lear at the time but then returned to Hugo, to whom he owed the greatest triumph of his most difficult years: Ernani.
The irresistible threesome of the king, his daughter and the court jester came as flash of inspiration to Verdi. Between the shallow, lecherous Duke (Hugo's king) and Gilda, who is both a victim and captive of ignorance, he places Rigoletto, the wonderful, ambivalent hunchback whose paradise is the peaceful home and family he struggles to protect. Despite his outward deformity, Rigoletto is passionately loving being, but also a monstruous father, obsessed by a curse, who is harrowing, grotesque and sublime in equal measure. His star aria, “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, takes him from indomitable rage to humble supplication, attesting to Verdi's ability to adapt a form he inherited from bel canto to dramatic realism.
Monique Wagemakers' exuberant production, with its delightful Venetian red costumes, focusses on the themes of ill-treatment, the quest for identity, and the abuse of power over the defenceless, as shown by the Duke's domination of Rigoletto and Rigoletto's domination of his daughter. Precisely the contradictions and conflicts on which the whole extraordinary score rests.
PARADISE: daughter, family and home
Melodrama in three acts.
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.
World premiere: 11/03/1851 at the Teatro la Fenice, Venice.
Barcelona premiere: 03/12/1853 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Last Liceu performance: 06/04/2017.
Total number of Liceu performances: 375.
- Approximate running time 2h 40m
- Stage director
- Monique Wagemakers
- Set design
- Michael Levine
- Costume design
- Sandy Powell
- Reinier Tweebeeke
- Revival lighting
- Cor van den Brink
- Klaus Bertisch
- Stage director assistant
- Silke Meier and Salva Bolta
- Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro Real
- Chorus of the Liceu Opera House (Pablo Assante, director)
- Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
- Musical director assistant
- Rodrigo de Vera
- Musical maestros assistants
- Véronique Werklé, David-Huy Nguyen-Phung, Rupert Dussmann and Jaume Tribó
- Daniele Callegari
|Duke of Mantua||Saimir Pirgu|
|Count Monterone||Mattia Denti|
|Matteo Borsa||Moisés Marín|
|Count Ceprano||Stefano Palatchi|
|Countess Ceprano||Sara Bañeras|