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Opéra comique in five acts
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille
Absolute premiere: 19/1/1884 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris
Premiere in Barcelona: 29/12/1894, at the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Last performance at the Liceu: 9/7/2007
Total performances at the Liceu: 145

Approximate duration2h 40min

Program and cast

Artistic file

Stage direction

Olivier Py

Choreography and replacement

Daniel Izzo


Pierre André Weitz

Changing room

Pierre André Weitz


Bertrand Killy


Grand Théâtre de Genève and Opéra-Comique (Paris)


MANON LESCAUTNadine SierraApril 20,22,24,27,30 and May 3

Amina EdrisApril 21, 23, 26, 29 and May 2

STROLLERInés Ballesteros

JAVOTTEAnna Tobella

ROSETTEAnaïs Masllorens


THE KNIGHT OF THE GRIEUXJavier CamarenaApril 20,24,27,30 and May 3

Penis Pati21,22,23,26,29 April and 2 May

LESCAUTAlexandre DuhamelApril 20,22,24,27,30 and May 3

Jarrett OttApril 21, 23, 26, 29 and May 2

THE COUNT OF GRIEUXLaurent NaouriApril 20,22,24,27,30 and May 3

Jean-Vincent BlotApril 21, 23, 26, 29 and May 2


MR. DE BRÉTIGNYTomeu Bibiloni


Choir of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Pablo Assante, director)

Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu


Marc Minkowski

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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