Radvanovsky and Kunde in a story about loyalty and estrangement

Poliuto is a tragic opera written by Donizetti in 1838 for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, although it did not make its debut until ten years later, when the composer had already revised his own material for Les martyrs.

Rediscovered in 1940, it never was one of Donizetti’s most widely performed operas. Poliuto signals a turning point in the composer’s style, which increasingly turned away from the bel canto in search of a style leaning more towards extravagant grandeur to better suit French audiences and grand opera.

For the occasion, and following a 42-year absence, the Liceu welcomes a fantastic cast, which includes the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, making her debut in the role of Paolina in Barcelona. Gregory Kunde will revisit a new success in one of his specialities, late bel canto, together with renowned baritone Luca Salsi.


Lyric tragedy in three acts. Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano. Worl premiere: 30/11/1848, Teatro San Carlo of Naples. First staged in Barcelona: 24/03/1856, Teatre Principal. First Liceu performance: 14/03/1861. Last Liceu performance: 13/12/1975. Total Liceu perfomances: 62.

Artistic profile

Daniele Callegari
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


SeveroGabriele Viviani
FeliceJosep Fadó
PoliutoGregory Kunde
PaolinaSondra Radvanovsky
CallisteneRuben Amoretti
NearcoAlejandro del Cerro


January 2018

10Wednesday20:00Turn HFee 5
13Saturday20:00Turn CFee 4

First act 50m
Second act 43m
Interval 30m
Third act 30m

Approximate running time 2h 40m

Reasons why you need to see Poliuto

Sondra Radvanovsky debuts in the role of Paolina in Barcelona.