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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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BarcelonaQuartet Gerhard: Quartetos dedicated to Haydn by Mozart I

Mozart, Guix, Brahms
Cuarteto Gerhard

BarcelonaFrancisco Viñas Singing Competition: Final

Francisco Viñas Singing Competition: Final
Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatre del Liceu; Santiago Serrate

BarcelonaSchumann: La Renana con Hartmut Haenchen

© Riccardo Musacchio
Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Hartmut Haenchen; Cor Madrigal; Cor de Cambra de Granollers

BarcelonaCor de Cambra del Palau & ONCA

Glass, Bach, Pärt
Orquestra Nacional Clàssica d'Andorra; Xavier Puig; Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana; Simon Halsey
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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. 
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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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Radvanovsky y Álvarez triunfan en la noche de Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann and Sondra Radvanovsky © A. Bofill | Gran Teatre del Liceu
A spectacular cast makes this Andrea Chénier the great event of the Liceu's opera season.
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