Benet Casablancas’ First Opera to Premiere in Barcelona Composer Benet Casablancas, who has collaborated numerous times with the Foundation for Iberian Music, will premiere his opera, L’Enigma de Lea at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona next month. The libretto is by renowned author Rafael Argullol and the production is directed by Josep Pons (music) and Carme Portacelli (stage). The opera is a first for both Casablancas and Argullol and we are excited to see what they bring to the genre! About L’Enigma de Lea: Lea, a creature who has belonged to God and exists to serve the divine pleasure (“pure instinct, crystalline sensuality”), lives in a place beyond time and cannot reveal her secret. The bearer of immortality, she is under surveillance from two monstrous beings who guarantee morality in opposition to individual freedom. This opera, the first composed by Benet Casablancas, to a text by writer Rafael Argullol, expresses the ideal that was the last of the Romantic Utopias: that of touching the Absolute. Josep Pons will head a team of experts in contemporary music who will tackle the challenging score, while Carme Portacelli, one of the finest contemporary stage directors, will be in charge of the mise-en-scène. The production premieres February 9 at 6:00 pm, with additional performances on Feb 10, 12, and 13. Tickets begin at only 13 Euros. Visit the Liceu’s site to purchase tickets and for cast information.