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Starting Point

In 1947, Montsalvatge created El gato con botas in five scenes for five singers (mezzosoprano, soprano, tenor, baritone and bass).  Although the libretto was based on Charles Perrault's story Le chat botté, part of the anthology Les contes de ma mère l’Oye (1697), with its most colourful staging and sense of humor for a young audience, the composer of Cinco canciones negras made no concessions. The artistry of his early years is in this score -  clearly in line with tradition -; it is a compendium of refinement, harmony and beauty, with a plethora of ironic touches and fanciful imagery. In the words of Montsalvatge himself: " My friend Mir suggested the idea and Nestor Lujan accepted as librettist.  We wanted a magical spectacle in one act with various scenes, half opera buffa, half ballet [...] in the operatic style of the 18th century with its necessary recitatives, arias and choreography, a happy ending, and a final procession with all the characters: the cat, the miller, the princess, the ogre and the king."


'Puss in Boots'

Magic opera in five scenes

Music by Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002)

Libretto by Néstor Luján, after the story by Charles Perrault

Premiered at the Gran Teatro del Liceu of Barcelona on 10 January 1948
Premiered at the Teatro Real on 4 November 2005

Production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, the ABAO and the Asociación Asturiana de Amigos de la Ópera

Principal Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Diego Martin-Etxebarria.
  • Stage director: Emilio Sagi
  • Choreographer: Nuria Castejón
  • Set and costume designer: Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
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  • Puss in Boots: Marisa Martins
  • The Miller: David Menéndez
  • The King: Gerardo Bullón
  • The Princess: Paloma Friedhoff
  • The Ogre: Felipe Bou
  • Dancer: Carmen Angulo
  • Dancer: Cristina Arias
  • Dancer: Silvia Martín
  • Dancer: Daniel Morillo

Performance Dates

  • 1 APR (S) 11:00h
  • 1 APR (S) 13:00h
  • 2 APR (S) 11:00h
  • 2 APR (S) 13:00h
  • Place: Main Auditorium


Approximate running time

1 hour and 15 minutes