Anna Netrebko, Javier Camarena & Juan Diego Flórez Lead Gran Teatre del Liceu’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Gran Teatre del Liceu has announced its 2020-21 season featuring multiple productions, concert operas, and stars.


The season opens with Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” starring Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov, Ludovic Tézier, Okka von der Damerau, and Dmitry Belosselskiy.

Performance Dates: Oct. 1 & 4, 2020

Christof Loy directs Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Christopher Maltman in the title role and Josep Pons conducting. The cast also includes Adam Palka, Miah Persson, Ben Bliss, Véronique Gens, Luca Pisaroni, Josep-Ramon Olivé, and Leonor Bonilla.

Performance Dates: Oct. 22-Nov. 8, 2020

“Sis Solos Soles” makes its world premiere. The new work is a project which unites six monodramas for female voice and instrumentalist into a single performance. It was commissioned from six different librettist-composer teams. The six operas will include music by Agustí Charles, Mario G. Cortizo, Raquel Garcia Tomás, Joan Magrané, Lucas Peire, and Francesc Prat and will star singers Maria Dolors Aldea, Elena Copons, Maria Hinojosa, Marta Fiol and Elena Tarrats. Musicians will include Joel Bardolet, Marc Charles, José Antonio Domené, Mario G. Cortizo, and Àlex Rodríguez Flaqué.

Performance Date: Nov. 1, 2020 – three different times 

Pene Pati, Julie Fuchs, Elsa Dreisig, Jakub Józef Orliński, Sarah Aristidou, Jonathan Winell, and Victoria Randem star in Mozart’s “Mitridate Re di Ponto” with Mark Minkowski conducting the concert performance.

Performance Date: Nov. 24, 2020

Speranza Scappucci conducts David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Rosa Feola and Kristina Mkhitaryan sharing the lead role. They will be joined by Pavol Breslik, Dmitry Korchak, George Petean, and Giovanni Meoni. 

Performance Dates: Dec. 5-30, 2020

John Osborn and Arturo Chacón-Cruz share the title role in Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” with Adriana González as Stella, Olga Pudova and Rocío Pérez as Olympia, Ermonela Jaho as Antonia, Ginger Costa-Jackson and Nino Sugurladze as Giulietta, Stéphanie d’Oustrac and Marina Viotti as The Muse / Nicklausse, and Aleksander Vinogradov and Roberto Tagliavini as the four villains. Jordan de Souza conducts Laurent Pelly’s production.

Performance Dates: Jan. 18-Feb. 1, 2021

William Christie conducts Rameau’s “Platée” in a concert reading that stars Marcel Beekman, Emmanuelle de Negri, Jeannine De Bique, Emilie Renard, Cyril Auvity, Marc Mauillon, and Edwin Crossley-Mercer. 

Performance Date: Feb. 3, 2021

Stéphane Degout, Daniel Okulitch, Georgia Jarman, William Burden, Samuel Boden, Ocean Barrington-Cook, Isabella Gaudí, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, and Toni Marsol star in George Benjamin’s “Lessons in Love and Violence.” Katie Mitchell directs the Barcelona premiere with Josep Pons conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 26-March 11, 2021

Riccardo Frizza conducts Verdi’s “Otello” with Gregory Kunde and Jorge de León in the title role. Keith Warner directs the production which also stars  Carlos Álvarez and Željko Lucic as Iago, Airam Hernández as Cassio, and Krassimira Stoyanova and Eleonora Buratto as Desdemona.

Performance Dates: March 27-April 14, 2021

Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” is set to star Stefan Vinke, Thomas J. Mayer, Roger Padullés, Johanni van Oostrum, Michelle DeYoung, and Franz-Josep Selig. David Afkham conducts.

Performance Dates: May 8-23, 2021

Anita Hartig, Maria Teresa Leva, and Adriana González sing the lead role in Puccini’s “La Bohème” with Atalla Ayan and Giorgio Berrugi as Rodolfo. The cast also includes Roberto de Candia, Damián del Castillo, Goderdzi Janelidze, Federico de Michelis, Valentina Nafornita, Katerina Tretyakova, Toni Marsol, and Josep-Ramon Olivé. Giampaolo Bisanti leads Alex Olle’s production.

Performance Dates: June 14-July 2, 2021

Mariusz Kwiecien, Nadine Sierra, Javier Camarena, and Mirko Palazzi lead Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” with Giacomo Sagripanti conducting.

Performance Dates: July 16-28, 2021

Alfonso Casado Trigo conducts a concert version of Loewe’s “My Fair Lady.”

Performance Dates: July 22 & 23, 2021


Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczala perform a concert of music by Verdi and Puccini.

Performance Date: Sept. 27, 2020

Jordi Savall conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Sara Gouzy, Laila Salome Fischer, Mingjie LeI, and Manuel Walser. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 will also be included in the program.

Performance Date: Oct. 25, 2020

Juan Diego Flórez performs a program of music by Donizetti, Bellini, Massenet, Verdi, and Rossini, among others.

Performance Date: Oct. 30, 2020

Estrella Morente sings music by De Falla, Gerhard, and Ravel alongside conductor Josep Pons.

Performance Date:  Nov. 7, 2020

Riccardo Frizza and Sondra Radvanovsky join forces for The Three Queens concert. They will be joined by Gemma Coma-Alabert, Gerardo Bullón, and César Cortés.

Performance Date: Dec. 23, 2020

James Newby and Joseph Middleton perform Schubert’s Winterreise with Chiharu Shiota’s art installation.

Performance Dates: Jan. 12-14, 2021

The International Tenor Viñas Competition will also take place.

Performance Date: Jan. 24, 2021