Barcelona’s passion for music is firmly bound to its opera tradition. The Gran Teatre del Liceu on La Rambla is the best exponent. Inaugurated in the mid-nineteenth century and recently rebuilt after a fire in 1994, it is a symbol of the city, along with universal opera stars Montserrat Caballé and Josep Carreras.
The Palau de la Música Catalana, a modernist architectural treasure built by Domènech i Montaner, has a busy agenda with more than three hundred concerts annually, ranging from symphonies to pop music and flamenco. All quality musical expressions, whatever their type, have a place at the Palau.
This extraordinary concert hall was created as the home of the Orfeó Catalá, a choral society with more than a hundred years of history and profound popular roots.
A new concert hall has been recently added to the already long list of facilities throughout the city. The Auditori, by the architect Rafael Moneo, has contributed to the revitalization of the area of Glòries. Built using the latest technology, the acoustics in the main hall are exceptional.
It has a capacity of 2,300 spectators. The Auditori is also the permanent home of Barcelona’s National Symphony Orchestra.
A program of outdoor concerts, in the interior of churches such as the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, or in any of the numerous institutional or private halls, completes the variety and wealth of the musical scene in Barcelona.
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