– The Australian soprano will make her debut in the role of Adina from the Donizetti opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
After her triumph as Desdemona in Rossini´s Otello at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2016, Jessica Pratt, who is considered to be the natural successor to the great Joan Sutherland, returns once again to the Barcelona opera house, this time to perform in a production of one of the most popular Romantic bel-canto operas, Donizetti´s L’elisir d’amore. Jessica Pratt, who has been living in Italy for some years, has had a “very Spanish year”. She explains that “In January and February I sang at the Ópera de Oviedo for the first time, in the role of Gilda in Rigoletto; in June I had the pleasure of making a debut at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia as Amenaide in Emilio Sagi´s beautiful production of Rossini´s Tancredi. Sagi also directed the Puritani that we took to the Savolinna Festival (Finland) in June, with the Madrid Teatro Real Company; a marvellous experience! In November I made my debut in the role of Norina in Don Pasquale when I returned to the ABAO-OLBE (Bilbao) season, and now I will be starting the new year in Barcelona with my first Adina”. This is a role that the singer wanted to add to her repertoire “tremendously!” the soprano explains. “It is a particularly beautiful part, the duets especially. Adina is a woman with lots of character, she is independent and self-confident, and I am sure that I will enjoy myself performing this role in Barcelona.” She adds, “The truth is that it is always a pleasure to sing in Spain, and I hope to continue doing it often”.
Jessica Pratt will sing in all ten performances of L’elisir d’amore which are programmed by the Liceu for the 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th January, 2018. This is the acclaimed production directed by Mario Gas, and Ramón Tebar will conduct the house orchestra and choir.
Jessica Pratt began the season in September, performing in Lucia di Lammermoor in a homage to María Callas. The performance marked her debut at the Parisian Théâtre des Champs Elysées. In October she was the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. In what remains of the season, after her engagement at the Liceu, she will return to the New York Metropolitan (Lucia di Lammermoor) and will perform at the Hamburg Staatsoper (The Magic Flute) and Sydney Opera House (Lucia di Lammermoor), as well as other engagements.