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La favorite

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Gran Teatre del LiceuBarcelona, Catalonia, 08002, Spain
July 08 17:00, July 11 20:00, July 14 18:00, July 17 20:00, July 20 20:00, July 22 18:00
Performers
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Patrick SummersConductor
Ariel García ValdésDirector
Jean-Pierre VergierSet Designer
Miren Urbieta VegaMezzo-sopranoInès
Clémentine MargaineMezzo-sopranoLéonor de Guzman
Roger PadullésTenorDon Gaspar
Michael SpyresTenorFernand
Markus WerbaBaritoneAlphonse XI
Ante JerkunicaBassBalthazar
Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu

The famous tenor Michael Spyres is Fernand, who foregoes love in exchange for honour lost

Following his success in Paris with the French version of Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti received a new commission from the Opéra, on that occasion based on a libretto by Alphonse Royer, Gustave Vaëz and Eugène Scribe. The result was La favorite, a romantic opera which made a successful debut. The story is set in the 14th century and features a love triangle between King Alphonse XI of Castile, his mistress Leonor and young Fernand.

Donizetti’s work revisits the Liceu in its original French language, following its 2002 debut, under the production guidance of Franco-Spanish director and actor Ariel García Valdés, with the young French mezzo-soprano and rising star Clémentine Margaine and two great tenors, Michael Spyres and Stephen Costello, who share the role of Fernand.

© Antoni Bofill
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