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Guide to the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

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The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía is a majestic building designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. Its sculpted form is highly symbolic.

The innovative architecture of this 40,000 square metre building -75 metres high-, accommodates four venues for opera, music, ballet and theatre.

Platforms project at different levels with passage ways and Mediterranean gardens. Access to the different areas is provided by means of panoramic lifts and staircases situated inside the metal sides of the building. The contrast between the opaque sheet metal structure and the glass foyers produce ever-changing sensations when walking about the building.

The metal plume, planted on the footbridge at the main entrance of the Palau de les Arts, seems to float over the structure. This elevated footbridge can be reached by two different stairways, it is 56 metres long and it is situated at the western end of the building. From the main entrance, where the Box Office is located, two symmetrical corridors lead to the lobby of the Main Concert Hall.

Only one point of support sustains the plume over the almond-shaped building, leaving the eastern end of the feather floating in mid-air, defying gravity.

Fine white concrete covers the large metal structural supports of the building, while broken mosaic tile (trencadís) has been used to decorate the outer shells, walls and reflecting pools of the Palau.

The Palau is surrounded by more than 60,000 square metres of gardens, pathways, and 11,000 square metres of water in the reflecting pools below.

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Verdi: Rigoletto
Roberto Abbado; Emilio Sagi; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Ricardo Sánchez-Cuerda; Miguel Crespi; Leo Nucci; Vladimir Stoyanov

ValenciaMahler 9

Mahler 9
Mahler: Symphony no. 9 in D major
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana; Gustavo Gimeno

ValenciaLucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Roberto Abbado; Jean-Louis Grinda; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Rudy Sabounghi; Jorge Jara; Jessica Pratt; Yijie Shi
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Il corsaro as The life of Byron

Oksana Dyka (Gulnara) © Miguel Lorenzo and Mikel Ponce | Les Arts
Nicola Raab puts Byron at the heart of Il corsaro in her new production for the Palau de les Arts, but doesn’t always know what to do with him.
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A stylish Tancredi in Valencia

Jessica Pratt (Amenaide) and Daniela Barcellona (Tancredi) © Tato Baeza
Daniela Barcellona and Jessica Pratt lead a strong cast in an emotional and elegant performance of the first opera seria by Rossini under the expert baton of Roberto Abbado. 
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A tingling Midsummer Night in Valencia

Christopher Lowrey (Oberon) and Nadine Sierra (Tytania) © Tato Baeza | Palau de Les Arts
Roberto Abbado's precise conducting made the score tingle with life. The magical glissandi were full of mystery, the hotbed of musical detail cleanly communicated and the amorous outbursts treated with Italianate ardour.
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Iolanta en Les Arts: inocencia, misticismo y un lugar común

© Mikel Ponce & Miguel Lorenzo
Llega al Palau de les Arts una producción procedente del Teatro Mariinsky de la última ópera compuesta por Tchaikovsky, Iolanta.
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