David McVicar’s iconic production to explain an enduring love story

A children’s story for some, a profound meditation on life and death for others, Mozart’s last opera is a referential work, but it is also a medium where the composer expressed his deep spiritual beliefs. Thus, in this work he brings together the main concerns of the Enlightenment and the 18th century: education, morality, religion, culture, nature...

If there is one production that has marked a generation of European spectators, it is undoubtedly this one, by director David McVicar. Its spectacular nature transports us to a fantastic world of dancing animals, flying machines and starry skies. A fascinating setting to host, in a manner both humorous and stern, the fantastic story of the quest of Prince Tamino and his beloved Pamina, with two antagonistic powers in contention: Sarastro (light and truth) and the Queen of the Night (darkness and deception). The production reveals the enigmas of a score encompassing the entire universe. An immediate success since its premiere, at the heart of this charming tale there is a defiled paradise of wisdom, knowledge, constancy of universal values and virtue that needs to be rebalanced.

The presence of Gustavo Dudamel in the highly anticipated debut of this opera will highlight a work full of contradictory binomials: day/night, male/female, rationality/superstition or emotion/logic, drawing us into the infinite details of this colossal kaleidoscopic score, making these sessions historic. On this occasion, the grand final solo represents the triumph of truth over abuse.

PARADÍS: saviesa, coneixements i valors

With the collaboration of:

Die Zauberflöte

Singspiel in two acts.
Libretto by Emmanuel Schikaneder. 

World premiere: 30/09/1791 at the Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna.
Barcelona premiere: 15/01/1925 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Last Liceu performance: 28/04/2012.
Total number of Liceu performances: 75.

  • Approximate running time 2h 50m

Artistic profile

Stage director
David McVicar
Revival director
Angelo Smimmo
Assistant director
Ruth Knight
Assistant director
Leo Castaldi
Set and costume design
John Macfarlane
Paule Constable
Movement director
Leah Hausman
Revival movement director
Angelo Smimmo
Royal Opera House
Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Pablo Assante, director)
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Gustavo Dudamel
Paolo Bortolameolli (27/06 and 1/07)


SarastroStephen Milling20th,22th,26th,28th June and 1th July
John Relyea21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July
TaminoJavier Camarena20th,22th,26th,28th June and 1th July
Julien Behr21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July
SpeakerMatthias Goerne
Priest / Men in armour 1Albert Casals
Priest / Men in armour 2David Lagares
The Queen of the NightKathryn Lewek20th,22th,26th,28th June and 1th July
Sara Blanch21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July
PaminaLucy Crowe20th,22th,26th,28th June and 1th July
Núria Rial21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July
First LadyBerna Perles
Second LadyGemma Coma-Alabert
Third LadyMarta Infante
PapagenaSerena Sáenz
PapagenoThomas Oliemans20th,22th,26th,28th June and 1th July
Joan Martín-Royo21th,25th,27th,30th June and 2th July
MonostatosRoger Padullés


  • ​Due to scheduling reasons, Gustavo Dudamel will not conduct the performances of June 27 and July 1. His assistant and associated conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Paolo Bortolameolli, takes the baton during these two days.

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