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Opera theatres in Barcelona

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This is one of the oldest forms of art, in which singers and musicians perform dramatic works, combining text and music in a theatrical setting.

Opera house Liceu in Barcelona

Gran Teatre del Liceu, created in 1847, is the oldest opera house in Barcelona. In 1994, the theater building was almost completely destroyed by fire, a disaster that was a great shock for Barcelona's citizens. Fortunately, the theater was restored and opened its doors in 1999. Today, Gran Teatre del Liceu is one of the most popular opera houses in Barcelona, where famous masterpieces are performed, including “Nabucco and Othello” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Benvenuto Cellini” by Hector Berlioz, “The Death of the Gods” by Richard Wagner, “La Boheme” by Giacomo Puccini, and “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Barcelona opera house seating plan can be found on the theater’s official website.

  • Address: La Rambla, 51-59
  • Ticket office hours: Monday through Friday, from 09:30 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday from 09:30 to 18:00
  • Web: www.liceubarcelona.cat

Opera house Liceu in Barcelona

View of the hall of "Liseo" from the stage

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Palau de la Música Catalana

This is concert hall was designed by the Catalan architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner and was constructed from 1905-1908. Thanks to the building’s unique architectural features, the Palace of Catalan Music was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The palace is one of the most famous musical institutions of the city, where many famous musicians, singers, orchestras, actors, composers, and dancers perform their works.

  • Address: Carrer del Palau de la Música, 4-6
  • Ticket office hours: Monday to Saturday, from 09:30 to 21:00, Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 15:00
  • Web: www.palaumusica.cat/es

View of the stalls in the Palace of Catalan Music

Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona

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Palau Dalmasses – Espai Barroc

This is a seventeenth century palace, in which musical shows, live jazz performances, and nights of flamenco are hosted on the terrace. On Thursdays at this opera theater in Barcelona, visitors can hear "Vetllades D'Opera," where La Petita Companyia Lírica de Barcelona performs the operas of Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and others. Before the start of a cultural event, a small presentation is usually arranged so that the audience may become better acquainted with the content of the opera or play. The opera house seating plan can be found on the official website of the Palau.

Barcelona opera house dress code

Barcelona opera house dress code

Citizens of Barcelona like to dress smartly, even for an ordinary shopping trip. Therefore, any cultural event is an excellent excuse to try on an evening dress. Evening opera performances require a certain dress code, especially if the seats are in the stalls. Women generally wear evening dresses in reserved colors, and men put on a strict suit. For these events, a tuxedo is absolutely optional. Performances can last from two to four hours, sometimes with several intermissions, so the clothing should also be comfortable.

Specialists from INEEDSpain are here to provide visitors with all kinds of tourist services. INEEDSpain organizes sightseeing tours around the city and will create a cultural programme according to each client’s expectations. INEEDSpain will also arrange any necessary documentation and interpreter’s services upon request.

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