Anna Netrebko, Javier Camarena, Sonya Yoncheva & Sondra Radvanovsky Highlight Gran Teatre del Liceu’s 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Gran Teatre del Liceu has announced its 2021-22 season featuring new productions, concerts, and a special 175th-anniversary gala. Here is a look at the new season.


The first opera of the season is set to be Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” starring Iréne Theorin and Johanni van Oostrum sharing the title role. They will be accompanied by Samantha Hankey, Paula Murrihy, Nikolai Schukoff, Brandon Jovanovich, Elena Sancho Pereg, Sara Blanch, and Benjamin Appl. Katie Mitchell directs with Josep Pons conducting.

Performance Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 4, 2021

Mark Padmore, Matthias Goerne, and Tatiana Pavlovskaya star in Britten’s “War Requiem” with Josep Pons conducting.

Performance Dates: Oct. 21-Nov. 2, 2021 

René Jacobs conducts Telemann’s “Orpheus” with Kateryna Kasper, Mirella Hagen, David Fischer, Salomé Haller, Christian Immler, and Benno Schachtner.

Performance Date: Oct. 30, 2021

Daniele Callegari conducts a revival of Verdi’s Rigoletto with Benjamin Bernheim, Saimir Pirgu, Josep Bros, Christopher Maltman, Markus Brück, Olga Peretyatko, and Aigul Khismatullin. The cast will also include Grigory Shkarupa and Liang Li as Sparafucile and Nino Sugurladze and Rinat Shahan as Maddalena.

Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 19, 2021

Yusif Eyvazov and Martin Muehle lead Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades in a production by Gilbert Deflo. Dmitry Jurowski conducts a cast that includes Lukasz Golinski, Gevorg Hakobyan, Rodion Pogossov, Andrey Zhilikhovsky, Dolora Zajick, Elena Zaremba, Sondra Radvanovsky, Lianna Haroutounian, Lena Belkina, and Cristina Faus.

Performance Dates: Jan. 26-Feb. 11, 2022

William Christie conducts Handel’s “Partenope” in a concert performance with Ana Vieira Leita, Hugh Cutting, Alberto Miguélez Rouco, Jacob Lawrence, Helen Charlston, and Matthieu Walendzik.

Performance Date: Jan. 29, 2022

Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande is set to star Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Simon Keenlyside, Franz-Josef Selig, Julie Fuchs, and Sarah Connolly. Àlex Ollé directs the new production and Josep Pons conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 28-March 18, 2022

Da Ponte Trilogy 

Thomas Dolié, Anna-Maria Labin, Angela Brower, Megan Marino, Robert Gleadow, and Lea Desandre star in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Marc Minkowski conducting. Ivan Alexandre directs

Performance Dates: April 7-23, 2022

Ivan Alexandre and Marc Minkowski lead Mozart’s Don Giovanni with a cast that includes Alexandre Duhamel, Leonard Bernad, Iulia Maria Dan, Julien Henric, Arianna Venditelli, Robert Gleadow, Leonard Bernad, Megan Marino, and Angela Brower.

Performance Dates: April 8-24, 2022

The trilogy concludes with Mozart’sCosì Fan Tutte” starring Ana Maria Labin, Angela Brower, Megan Marino, James Ley, Robert Gleadow, Miriam Albano, and Alexandre Duhamel. Marc Minkowski conducts and Ivan Alexandre directs.

Performance Dates: April 9-25, 2022

Matthias Goerne brings his iconic portrayal of Berg’s Wozzeck in William Kentridge’s production. The cast also includes Torsten Kerl, Peter Tantsits, Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, Peter Rose, Elena Zhidkova, and Rinat Shaham. Josep Pons conducts.

Performance Dates: May 22-June4, 2022

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” with a cast that includes Stephen Milling, John Relyea, Javier Camarena, Julien Behr, Matthias Goerne, Kathryn Lewek, Sara Blanch, Lucy Crowe, Núria Rial, Thomas Oliemans, and Joan Martín-Royo. Simon McBurney directs.

Performance Dates: June 20-July 2, 2022

(Oh)pera! is a project launched by the Gran Teatre del Liceu in which four small-format operas will be performed on the same day. Teams of young people selected in cooperation with Barcelona design schools will showcase their work. The operas are composed by Núria Giménez-Comas, Marc Migó, José Río-Pareja, and Fabià Santcovsky.

Performance Dates: June 9-10, 2022

Marina Rebeka, Marta Mathéu, and Sonya Yoncheva share the title role in Bellini’s Norma with Paolo Fanale, Airam Hernández, Nicolas Testé, Marko Mimica, Varduhi Abrahamyan and Teresa Iervolino. Domingo Hindonyan conducts.

Performance Dates: July 18-31, 2022


The Montserrat Caballé International Singing Contest will be held.

Performance Date: Oct. 22, 2021

Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts the Concert Italiano in Monteverdi’s Book No. 8.

Performance Date: Nov. 7, 2021

Michael Spyres, Ekaterina Gubanova, José Antonio López, Albert Dohmen, and David Alegret highlight a concert entitled “Myth and Tragedy of Electra and Oedipus.” Josep Pons conducts.

Performance Date: Nov. 13, 2021

Xavier Sabata performs a concert with music by Schoenberg. Francesc Prat conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 16-18, 2021

Jordi Savall conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and 9 with soloists Sara Gouzy, Laila Salome Fischer, Mingjie Lei, and  Manuel Walser.

Performance Date: Dec. 15, 2021

Javier Camarena and Ángel Rodríguez perform a recital.

Performance Date: Jan. 7, 2022

The Concurs Tenor Viñas will showcase its finals and its final concert.

Performance Dates: Jan. 28 & 30, 2022

Piotr Beczala returns to te Liceu for a recital performance.

Performance Date: Feb. 3, 2022

Anna Netrebko celebrates the Gran Teatre del Liceu’s 175th anniversary in a gala performance featuring Acts from “Macbeth,” “La Bohème” and “Turandot.” She will be joined by Joseph Calleja and Àngel Òdena with Valentina Carrasco directing. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Performance Date: April 3, 2022

Sonya Yoncheva performs an evening of Puccini arias alongside conductor Francesc Ciampa.

Performance Date: April 30, 2022

Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu perform Schubert’s “Winterreise” in a production by Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco.

Performance Dates: May 9-11, 2022

Rinaldo Alessandrini leads the Concerto Italiano in Monetverdi’s Book No. 6.

Performance Date: June 5, 2022

Magdalena Kožená and Sir Simon Rattle team up with friends for a concert of chamber music by Chausson, Brahms, Janacek, Dvorak, Ravel, and more.

Performance Dates: June 29, 2022