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Guide to Live Classical Music, Concerts and Opera in Spain

Patrizia Ciofi and Pietro Spagnoli in La Fille du régiment © Antoni Bofill
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A weekend at Barcelona's Liceu

Of all European cities, one of the best for a weekend break has to be Barcelona. Head there in May and you can soak up a wonderful weekend at the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house.
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Guide to Formentor Sunset Classics

Don't miss the chance to attend a concert on a paradise island: Click here to discover a series of concert promoted by Formentor Sunset Classics
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Alberto Iglesias

Scoring for Spain: The film music of Alberto Iglesias

The cinematic world consists of two types: those who believe that continually recasting from a favoured coterie of actors can endanger suspension of disbelief, and those who do not. 
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BarcelonaManon LescautNew production

Manon Lescaut
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Emmanuel Villaume; Davide Livermore; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Giusi Giustino; Maria Pia Piscitelli; Jorge de Léon

ValenciaThe Damnation of Faust (La Damnation de Faust)New Production

© Francesco Calgagnini
Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust (La Damnation de Faust)
Roberto Abbado; Damiano Michieletto; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Celso Albelo; Rubén Amoretti; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

BilbaoMessa di bellezza

Messa di bellezza
Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa; Robert Treviño; Amanda Pabyan; Véronica Simeoni; Aquiles Machado; Rafał Siwek

MadridOrquesta de Extremadura

Orquesta de Extremadura
Shostakovich, Prokofiev
Orquesta de Extremadura; Alvaro Albiach; Lluís Homar

SevilleReal Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla: La edad de la ansiedad

Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla: La edad de la ansiedad
Ives, Bernstein, Shostakovich
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla; John Axelrod; Markus Schirmer
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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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Olga Pericet: Flamenco Reimagined

© Paco Villalta
In a production that proposes a revision of flamenco from its roots, stripping it of all the clichés and stereotypes that are currently weakening its essence, Fernandez’s mighty dancing and Pericet’s farsighted crafting and superb performance are extraordinary examples of the best artistic proposals that flamenco dancing can produce nowadays.
****1
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Cherkaoui and Pite

Faun © Marc Haegeman
The Royal Ballet of Flanders presents in Madrid's Teatros del Canal an attractive triple bill with works by its Artistic Director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Firebird and Faun) and the Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite (Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue)
***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.
****1
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A landmark Gloriana at the Teatro Real

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elizabeth) and Leigh Melrose (Cecil) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Ivor Bolton and David McVicar have teamed up to create an unapologetically Brittenian Gloriana, with Anna Caterina Antonacci at the top of a great cast
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