Opera is an ancient and beautiful form of art in which singers and musicians perform dramatic work through a combination of text and a musical score, which usually takes place in a theatrical setting.
Opera was born in Italy, in the end of the sixteenth century with Jacopo Peri’s Dafne, quickly spreading throughout Europe.
If you are visiting Barcelona and want to experience something new and spectacular, pay a visit to one of the city’s musical venues, where you can watch an Opera show.
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Created in 1847, Gran Teatre del Liceu is the oldest theatre and opera house in Barcelona. In 1994, the theatre building was consumed by a fire that completely destroyed the main room and set. This event shook the population, who deeply cherished the establishment. Eventually, the theatre was rebuilt, reopening its doors to the public in 1999.
Today, Gran Teatre del Liceu is the most popular venue in Barcelona for Opera, showcasing works like Nabucco and Otello by Giuseppe Verdi, Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz, Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner, La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini, and Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Gran Teatre del Liceu is located at Les Rambles, 51-59, just a few steps after La Boqueria Market.
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Palau de la Música Catalana
Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall designed by Catalan architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner, built during the years of 1905 and 1908. Due to the building’s beauty and innovation, Palau de la Música Catalana was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. The Palau is one of the most famous musical establishments in the city, having received hundreds of musicians, singers, orchestras, actors, composers and dancers.
Visit Palau de la Música Catalana’s official website to find out when you can watch an opera show.
Palau de la Música Catalana is located at Carrer del Palau de la Música, 4-6.
Palau Dalmasses is a seventeenth century palace whose patio is often home to musical shows that include live jazz performances and flamenco nights. Thursday nights are “Vettlades D’Opera”, where La Petita Companyia Lírica de Barcelona performs Opera pieces by Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, among others. Before the beginning of the show, there is always a small presentation so that visitors can know what the Opera they will be hearing is about.
Palau Dalmasses is located at Carrer de Montcada, 20.