Juan Diego Flórez

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PreviousJune 2021

Because of his special desire to return to the stage after the hard moment caused by the health emergency, the tenor Juan Diego Flórez has modified the programme for the occasion, looking back to some of his greatest hits at Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Ever since his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez has hardly ever missed a visit Barcelona's opera house. An outstanding interpreter of Rossini and late bel canto, Flórez possesses one of the purest and most crystalline voices of our day. His shift into a much more lyrical repertory, with forays into French opera and Mozart, merely serve to confirm his talent and rigour.

Program and cast


Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
Overture (tba)
“Principe più non sei… Sì, ritrovarla io giuro” (La cenerentola)
“La speranza più soave” (Semiramide)

Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848)
Overture (tba)
“Linda!... si ritirò” (Linda di Chamounix)
“Tombe degli avi miei… Fra poco a me ricovero” (Lucia di Lammermoor)

Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835)
Overture (tba)
“Tutto è sciolto… Ah! Perchè non posso odiarti” (La sonnambula)


Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)
“Pourquoi me réveiller” (Werther)

Jacques Offenbach (1819 – 1880)
“Va pour Kleinzach!” (Les contes d’Hoffmann)

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
Overture (tba)
“La mia letizia infondere” (I lombardi)
“Lunge da lei… De’ miei bollenti spiriti… O mio rimorso” (La traviata)

Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848)
Overture (tba)
“Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan! (La fille du régiment) (with the Chorus of the Liceu)
“Ah! Mes amis… Pour mon âme” (La fille du régiment)

Gran Teatre del Liceu

Barcelona's opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, was founded on the Rambla in 1847 and has continued over the years to fulfil its role as a culture and arts centre and one of the symbols of the city.

Today it is publicly-owned (by the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council and the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte) and administered by the Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu which, in addition to the aforementioned bodies, incorporates the Patronage Council and the Societat del Gran Teatre del Liceu (the old society of owners).

Origins: From 1837 to 1847

The Liceu evolved out of the Sociedad Dramática de Aficionados (Society of theatre-lovers) set up in 1837 at the instigation of Manuel Gibert in the former convent of Montsió by members of the National Militia, an organization of armed citizens with liberal leanings.
Barcelona's economy and population were growing fast at the time and the city needed a music conservatory. This led to the conversion of the Sociedad Dramática into the Liceo Filármonico Dramático Barcelonés de S.M. la Reina Isabel II (Barcelona Dramatic and Philharmonic Lyceum of HM Queen Isabel II).  In addition to its theatrical activities, the new organization cultivated Italian-style singing and music.

The building on the Rambla

The original building was solemnly opened on 4 April 1847. The plans had been drawn up by Miquel Garriga i Roca, subsequently assisted by Josep Oriol Mestres. The project was funded by selling shares, which meant that many of the boxes and seats were to be privately owned. The shareholders formed the Societat del Gran Teatre del Liceu, known as the “Societat de Propietaris” (Society of Owners),  which was in sole charge of running the Gran Teatre del Liceu from 1855 onwards, after it was legally separated from the Conservatori del Gran Teatre del Liceu.
The theatre was operated by impresarios who were given a concession to stage a specific number of productions in exchange for the proceeds from the sale of tickets not reserved for the Societat itself. This system was to endure until 1980.

The creation of the Consortium

By the last quarter of the 20th century this management system was no longer viable. In 1980, to avert the danger of the disappearance of an institution of such worldwide cultural renown, the Generalitat  Catalonia's first government in modern times – set up a consortium, the Consorci del Gran Teatre del Liceu, which also incorporated Barcelona City Council and the Societat del Gran Teatre del Liceu. Barcelona Provincial Council joined the Consortium in 1985, followed by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 1986. From then on the Consortium took over operation of the theatre.

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