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El Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival, a new venture of Barcelona Obertura Classic & Lyric, spreads classical music around the city and, for fifteen days, the best international artists are on stage at the three main venues: Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau de la Música Catalana and L'Auditori.
Barcelona Obertura Classic and Lyric brings together the city's key classical music venues to extend their global reach and reputation even further, and demonstrate Barcelona's wealth of classical music programming.
Madame Buttterfly by Puccini, one of the operas best loved by Barcelonans, is returning to the Liceu. Two top quality casts will alternate 10 performances from Saturday 12th until Tuesday 29th.
Lianna Haroutounian is one of the great contemporary sopranos and Ainhoa Arteta, making her debut as Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly), will be accompanied by tenors Jorge de León and Rame Lahaj.
The successful production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, which has already been seen twice before at the Liceu, is classic in nature and, with its period costumes, beautiful to behold. A true treat for Barcelona audiences.
In 1853, the La Fenice theater in Venice commissioned Verdi to compose an opera. This was the birth of La Traviata, one of the most famous operas of all time. Based on La Dame Aux Camellias by Alexandre Dumas, this work is now brought to the Palau de la Música Catalana by the soloists of the Orquesta Terrassa 48 in the form of a staged opera. An impassioned way of revisiting this classic by Verdi.
With la Bohème, Giacomo Puccini composed an operatic depiction of bohemian life in the Paris of 1830. Based on the intertwining stories of young artists from the Latin Quarter of Paris and their love affairs, this opera in four acts premiered in 1896 in Turin and was highly successful. It has now come to the Palau de la Música in a dramatized two-hour version with symphonic orchestra, soloists and choir.
Anna Netrebko, the grande dame of the Mariinsky Theatre and the tenor Yusif Eyvazov are a couple in both their professional and their personal lives. They will be performing together for the first time at the Teatre del Liceu in a concert celebrating 20 years of the theater's reconstruction. The personal timbre and charm of this soprano and tenor will make for an unmissable evening in which they will perform pieces by Debussy, Mendelssohn and Parera Fons.
Doña Francisquita is the most famous Zarzuela by the Catalan composer Amadeu Vives. Premiering in 1923 in the Teatro Apolo in Madrid and based on La discreta enamorada by Lope de Vega, it is also considered a masterpiece of its genre. Doña Francisquita is a comedy of errors set in an authentic and romantic Madrid, where the jealousy that spurs on the action does not prevent a happy ending from occurring. It contains several famous numbers such as "Por el humo se sabe dónde está el fuego". It has now come to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in a Lluís Pasqual production where he has changed the spoken dialog to offer a fresh vision of this zarzuela by the master composer Vives.
Barcelona wouldn't be Barcelona without the Rambla. A wander up and down this famous boulevard is a ritual well worth observing. Just soak up the atmosphere and admire the buildings, from the Canaletes fountain to the Columbus Monument, which connect the old and modern city with places like Liceu and Boqueria. A walk through the life and history of the city.
It's impossible to get bored in Barcelona: the best concerts, exhibitions and events related to art, culture and leisure await you, week after week. Here are some of the main ones. Don't miss anything this constantly moving city has to offer.
A unique cultural facility in Barcelona and one of Europe’s leading opera houses. Located on the Rambla, every year it hosts major opera and ballet productions and symphony concerts.
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