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The Gran Teatre del Liceu Foundation in Barcelona has forged a collaboration with Spanish satellite operator Hispasat to broadcast four operas live via satellite, both nationally as well as internationally.
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These broadcasts form part of the theatre's Multimedia Project which is focused on developing and promoting opera culture. As part of the agreement with Hispasat the Gran Teatre del Liceu will offer three opera titles from its next season via satellite: Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, by Gioachino on 18 December 2018; La Gioconda, by Ponchielli (7 April 2019), which will be broadcast live in cinemas around the world; Puccini’s Tosca on 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.

This aims to bring opera to audiences outside of Barcelona, broadcasting the shows live in cities in Spain and other countries such as France, Portugal, Andorra and Italy. This is possible through an existing deal with Hispasat and the newly signed agreement means opera from Liceu can now be enjoyed in the Americas. The agreement also includes the broadcast of another Puccini, Manon Lescaut, as part of the same programme, from 16 June 2018.

Commenting on the deal, Hispasat president Elena Pisonero said: “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.”

President of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Foundation's Board, Salvador Alemany added: “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”.