HISPASAT, the Spanish satellite telecommunications operator, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu Foundation have signed a collaboration agreement today in Madrid to broadcast four operas live via satellite, both nationally as well as internationally. These broadcasts form part of the theatre's Multimedia Project, focused on developing and promoting opera culture.
The signing ceremony was attended this morning by the president of HISPASAT, Elena Pisonero, and the president of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Foundation's Board, Salvador Alemany. For the president of the Spanish operator, “this agreement reaffirms HISPASAT's commitment to promoting culture. Our satellites are the ideal technological infrastructure for these types of projects, because they are the most efficient to broadcast an event live to any point within their coverage with the highest image and sound quality. We are proud to collaborate with the Liceu in broadcasting these shows and to bring the art of opera to a greater number of people."
For his part, Salvador Alemany highlighted that “in 2001 the Gran Teatre del Liceu was one of the first institutions worldwide to start a live opera project. Since then our goal has been to seek stronger partnerships to continue developing a leading multimedia project that keeps Liceu well positioned on the international scene. Formalising this agreement today with HISPASAT is key to consolidate this initiative which opens borders and further democratises the opera genre.”
As part of the agreement, the Gran Teatre del Liceu will offer three opera titles from its next season via satellite: L’Italiana in Algeri, by Gioachino Rossini, (18 December 2018) and La Gioconda, by Amilcare Ponchielli, (7 April 2019), which will be broadcast live in cinemas around the world; and Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini, (28 June 2019), which is included in the “Liceu a la fresca” programme, a project to bring opera outdoors to the streets so that as many people as possible can enjoy the show. The agreement also includes the broadcast of Manon Lescaut, by Giacomo Puccini, as part of the same programme, which was on 16 June 2018.