Gran Teatre del Liceu Announces Changes to 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona has announced changes to its 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first change will be for George Benjamin’s “Lessons in Love and Violence” which will require the company to extend the orchestra pit into the orchestra seats. The change will be done in order to socially distance the orchestra. Since there is no chorus, the staging will also be easier to socially distance.

The second change will be to the orchestral concert dedicated to Stravinsky. The program conducted by Josep Pons will be revamped for a smaller orchestra and will now feature music by Brahms, Dvorak, Kodály, Liszt, Bartók, and Borodin.

The Liceu also canceled the production of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” due to social distance limitations. The company noted that the large orchestra and chorus made it impossible to follow the health regulations during the pandemic. Tickets will be refunded to all ticketholders.

The company also announced that due to transportation limitations, the theater will showcase Amélie Niermeyer’s production of “Otello” from the Bayerische Staatsoper instead of the Royal Opera House’s production. The production will no longer feature the Cor Vivaldi – Petits Cantors de Catalunya and instead, the children’s chorus in Act two will be sung by the Liceu’s women’s chorus. The production opens on March 27.

Jonathan Dove’s “El Monstre al laberint” will also be postponed until April 19, 21, and 24 while Sondra Radvanovsky’s The Three Queens” concert originally scheduled for Dec. 23 will be rescheduled for May 8.

The company will also program a LiceUnder35 presentation of “Lucia di Lammermoor” on July 27. The performance will showcase Spanish soprano Serena Saéz as Lucia di Lammermoor, Colombian tenor César Cortés as Edgardo, and Spanish baritone Carles Pachón as Enrico.