The show

New production :
Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Städtischen Bühnen Frankfurt

The story

Lord Valton, a puritan supporter of Cromwell, is preparing the wedding of his daughter Elvira to Arturo, to the great displeasure of Riccardo who vehemently yearns after her. However, Arturo belongs to the rival Stuart clan and saves the mysterious prisoner who Valton is tasked with taking to prison, Queen Enrichetta. Elvira, believing she has been abandoned, sinks into madness…

A scene of madness

Under the terrible dictatorship of Cromwell in England in the 17th century, the Puritans preached in favour of an austere lifestyle, focused on the Bible. A love story emerging from adverse winds offered Bellini a subject that was most definitely conducive to exploiting the facets of the nascent romantic opera style, but also to articulating a wide range of human passions. Elvira’s scene of madness is only equalled by another from a contemporary work, Lucia di Lammermoor.

Based on a true story, the last work by Bellini was composed over a long time, taking nine months. The master amended the libretto and rearranged the music following the advice of Rossini. Its first performance, at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris, was triumphant. I Puritani requires exceptional casting. The vocal quartet, originally formed by Grisi, Rubini, Tamburini and Lablache, is subjected to the most perilous arias of the bel canto repertoire. Their success gave rise to the nickname the Puritan Quartet, which has remained famous to the present day. However, between cavatina and cabaletta, the composer, who was the king of melody and smoothness, treats us to some of the finest arias of Italian opera!

Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers

All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.

LIVE WEB ON CULTUREBOX  : Saturday 22st June 08h30 PM

Plan your visit

  • Cloakrooms

    For your comfort, as well as for safety reasons, compulsory and free cloakrooms are available to you on each floor for you to leave your coats, bags and umbrellas. The cloakrooms located in the entrance hall and up to the 2nd floor are manned by reception staff. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors, there are lockers which can be locked by inserting 1 euro (which is returned when you open to retrieve your belongings).

  • Car Parks

    Car parks with discounted rate

    Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).

    Neujean car park

    45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium

    • Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
    • Sat. and Sun. : open all night.

    Opéra car park

    1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Other car parks nearby

    • Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean - 4000 Liège
    • Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert - 4000 Liège
    • Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale - 4000 Liège
  • Catering

    For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert

    Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the Opera Restaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.

    During the interval, the Foyer Grétry Bar (2nd floor) as well as the Salazar Bar (4th floor) are open for you to relax and quench your thirst.

    For “Opera for All” Young Audience performances and “Sunday Encounters”, the Foyer Grétry Bar is open one hour before and at the end of each performance.

    For information and bookings: +32 499 42 42 62 – info@leschefsopera.be – www.leschefsopera.be

    Drink tokens

    Drink tokens are on sale as soon as the doors of the Theatre open on performance days (in the entrance hall and the main stairs) or during the interval (in the Foyer Grétry).

    For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.