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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Barcelona

Find a comprehensive list of classical music events taking place in Barcelona. Whether you are looking for the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera season or the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya programme. You can find out what's on at major venues such as L'Auditori and Palau de la Musica Catalana or just enjoy reading reviews from past events in the city...
L'Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya © AuditoriBarcelona/Wikimedia
L'Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya
© AuditoriBarcelona/Wikimedia
January 2017
Evening performance
Matinee performance
© A. Bofill
© A. Bofill

Guide to Gran Teatre del Liceu

Originally opened on 4 April 1847, the Liceu gradually evolved into a prestigious opera house. It has seen operas by contemporary Italian Romantic drama and late 19th-century Verism. Sets have been designed by famous artists such as Bakst, Picasso, Cocteau and Miró.
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Massenet: Werther
Alain Altinoglu; Willy Decker; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Wolfgang Gussmann; Piotr Beczała; Josep Bros

BarcelonaIT Dansa

Martínez Ñoño, Ravel
Jiří Kylián; Ohad Naharin; IT Dansa

BarcelonaGergiev conducts Shostakovich's 4th

Shostakovich: Symphony no. 4 in C minor, Op.43
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya

BarcelonaMozart Festival: The Last three Symphonies

Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Jan Willem de Vriend; Giuliano Carmignola

BarcelonaThe piano by Fazıl Say

Say, Mozart, Liszt
Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès; Rubén Gimeno; Fazıl Say
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Bocca's Ballet Nacional Sodre dances Coppélia

A warm and charming Coppélia performed by Julio Bocca's excellent young Uruguayan company.   
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Catalonia celebrates Romeo and Juliet

At a time of love and literature in fairest Barcelona, the scene was laid at the Liceu for interpretations by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Berlioz and Bernstein of Shakespeare's timeless tale.
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An Eastern European odyssey: Capuçon plays Dvořák

Barcelona's L'Auditori was taken on a journey of contrasts, via Parra and Prokofiev, that unsettled as much as it delighted. 
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A stellar Mahler 3 from the OBC

Truly sublime playing and singing from the massed forces in Barcelona's L'Auditori perfectly showcased Mahler's genius ability to evoke whole worlds.
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Fast and furious: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

A solidly brazen night from the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev that ultimately lacked sincerity and depth thanks to its quick-fire delivery.
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