Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Barcelona

« I find the city electrifying! Culture is omnipresent, in all genres, Architecture, Museums, Music... History is also palpable, and playing the Bach Suites in the Palau de la Musica was an unforgettable experience, in part because the audience is younger and more dynamic than in many European cities, but also because the inevitable spirit of Casals conveys a very special energy. »
Jean-Guihen Queyrascellist
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BarcelonaThe awakening of music

Williams: Film music from Star Wars
Tomàs Grau; Orquestra Camara Musicae

BarcelonaThus Spoke Zarathustra

Bach, Schumann, Strauss R.
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Frank Peter Zimmermann

BarcelonaAnna Karenina

Tchaikovsky: Anna Karenina
Boris Eifman; Boris Eifman Ballet; Conrad van Alphen; Zinovy Margolin; Vyacheslav Okunev

BarcelonaHandel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
Le Concert des Nations; Jordi Savall; La cappella Reial de Catalunya; Rachel Redmond; Hagen Matzeit; Nicholas Mulroy

BarcelonaA Night on Broadway with Andrew Lloyds Webber and OBC

Lloyd Webber: Music from Cats
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Alfonso Casado; Mariano Detry; Celinde Schoenmaker; Joanna Ampil; John Owen-Jones
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An abstract tryst by moonlight at the Liceu

The 2011 Lyon production, with an excellent orchestral and vocal performance, brings an austerely moonlit version of Tristan und Isolde to Barcelona.
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A dark masquerade in Barcelona

A dark minimalist inspiration for Vincent Boussard’s co-production of the Boston version of Un ballo in maschera, returning to the Gran Teatre del Liceu after 16 years.
***11
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Julian Rachlin thrills in Tchaikovsky's concerto in Barcelona

The bonds between Kazushi Ono and the OBC musicians are slowly improving.
****1
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A simply staged Rossinian rarity in Barcelona

Emilio Sagi’s brightly lit but simplistic staging of Il viaggio a Reims moves the action from northern France to a sunny spa hotel in warmer climes.
***11
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The (not so) Merry Widow in concert at the Liceu

The Gran Teatre del Liceu's revival of a shortened Merry Widow lacking some of the essence of this highly popular operetta.
***11
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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.

Barcelona: the best of music, art and food

We take you on a quick spin round Barcelona's magnificently rebuilt opera house, world class concerts, the architecture of Gaudí, the art of Miró, Picasso, Casas – with some tips for the gastronomic scene.
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