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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Barcelona

Barcelona Obertura: the city opens its doors
Barcelona has great music but attracts few visitors from abroad. If Victor Medem gets his way, that's going to change, starting with an ambitious new festival in March 2019.
« 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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BarcelonaHandel Semele

Handel Semele
Handel: Semele
Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Thomas Guthrie; Louise Alder; Hugo Hymas; Lucile Richardot; Gianluca Buratto

BarcelonaBallet de l'Opéra de Lyon

© Michel Cavalca
Various, Mozart
Jiří Kylián; Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon; Santiago Serrate; Joke Visser; Michael Simon

BarcelonaCoro Anton Bruckner: La Llum de la Neu

Coro Anton Bruckner: La Llum de la Neu
Requesens Roca, Poulenc, Doherty, Howells, Ollé i Sabaté, Vivancos, Rutter, Whitacre, Ešenvalds, Lauridsen
Júlia Sesé; Cor Anton Bruckner

BarcelonaLas Variaciones Enigma de Elgar

Las *Variaciones Enigma* de Elgar
López, Walton, Elgar
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Nicolas Altstaedt
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Thomas’ Hamlet in concert at the Liceu

Diana Damrau © A. Bofill

Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in concert in the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona is enthusiastically conducted by Daniel Oren.

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Vocal sparkle but a dull staging in the Liceu's Puritani

Pretty Yende (Elvira) © A. Bofill
I puritani returns to Barcelona’s Liceu with Annilese Miskimmon’s production. Javier Camerena and Pretty Yende lead the inauguration of the season with a fine example of romantic bel canto.
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A forlorn Manon Lescaut arrives in Barcelona

Gregory Kunde (Des Grieux) and Liudmyla Monastyrska (Manon) © A. Bofill
Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu stages Puccini’s first great success as an operatic composer, Manon Lescaut with the stage direction of Davide Livermore. 
***11
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Two Strauss swansongs and a prankster’s end in Barcelona

Josep Pons © Igor Cortadellas
The Gran Teatre del Liceu’s orchestra performs challenging works by Strauss under resident conductor Josep Pons.
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