Operas wrapped up in gold
Gran Liceu de Barcelona
Spain presents opera with a golden lining. These are the theatres themselves. They will make sure you enjoy the show to the full, in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Oviedo, and Bilbao. A wide range of first-class opera, and unique settings for you to enjoy the art in every sense. Come to Spain and discover its great opera houses.
If you like the opera, then take note: The Teatro Real Theatre in Madrid, the Gran Liceu Theatre in Barcelona, the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, the Palau de les Arts in Valencia or the Euskalduna Jauregia Conference and Music Centre in Bilbao. Having trouble deciding? Organise a tour and follow the whole season. You will love it.
The Teatro Real Theatre in Madrid has been delighting the most demanding opera enthusiasts for years. It is a worldwide reference for the quality of the performances, the success of the shows, and also for the building's location opposite the Royal Palace and Plaza de Oriente square. A unique setting in the Los Austrias area of Madrid - you can enjoy all its splendour during the interval. Head up to the Café de Palacio on the sixth floor of the theatre, and amidst paintings on loan from the Reina Sofía Museum, you will discover a stunning view, with La Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace to round off a night packed with sensations.
A little more? An Italian-style hall with universally acclaimed acoustics, along with imposing rooms such as the Vergara, with its 18th-century oil paintings. Come and join the thousands of people from all over the world who have felt the excitement of the Real .
Tradition and prestige
More than 160 years ago, the city of Barcelona founded its Gran Teatro del Liceu Theatre. If you haven't been yet, then now is the perfect time to discover it. If you have, then you are sure to come back - it is the visitors to this theatre that have given it international prestige and made it into one of Spain's most important centres for culture and artistic creation.
The theatre is not to be missed, not only on account of the quality works that are staged, but also due to its backing of innovation that maintains tradition, and for its modern style, to be seen in the very stage curtain, work of famous Catalonian designer Antonio Miró.
Innovation on the opera circuit
Come and discover one of the most innovative proposals to be found in the opera world. It is to be found at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Theatre, in the city of Valencia. The building is set at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, within the emblematic Arts and Sciences Centre, a weird and wonderful complex designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, that aims to ensure opera-goers' enjoyment begins even before the curtain goes up.
Mix opera with something exotic. The result is very pleasant
We now recommend a visit to the capital of the Region of Asturias, - Oviedo, in northern Spain. Combine it with some art at the Campoamor Theatre, annual setting for the Príncipes de Asturias Awards; it is also the place where the brilliant Woody Allen explained why one should visit Oviedo: “I come from a huge, gigantic city with crowds and noise… and I get here where everything is old, clean and pleasant… exotic, as if it did not belong to this world”. Can you imagine listening to the finest opera here? Come and see for yourself.
Opera with maritime flavour
This is what you will find in Bilbao, also in northern Spain. Come and enjoy opera at a building inspired in a ship run aground in the Nervión River: the Euskalduna Jauregia Conference and Music Centre. Located near to the Guggenheim Bilbao, it is the emblem of 21st-century Bilbao, and from its fourth-floor terrace you can see Plaza del Palacio square and a stunning view of the Maritime Museum. You will find its programme for this season very interesting too.
You can be sure. These five suggestions will ensure you enjoy excellent opera, but Spain has much more to offer. For example: the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Opera Festival, the Mozart Festival in A Coruña, the Santander International Festival and the season at La Maestranza Theatre in Seville. If you like opera, then come and enjoy it at Spain's great theatres.