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Music in Barcelona

Musical sites in Barcelons, places such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu,  one of Europe’s foremost opera houses, the concert hall, L’Auditori, the Palau de la Música Catalana, or where in Barcelona to go to enjoy an evening of flamenco or jazz


Gran Teatre del Liceu 
The Liceu, one of Europe’s foremost opera houses, was built in 1847. A fire on 31st January 1994 almost completely destroyed this temple of song. The Liceu reopened in 1999 after being painstakingly rebuilt and undergoing a major extension. Today, it is one of Barcelona’s major landmarks and a first-class cultural and musical facility. The Liceu has become one of the world’s biggest opera houses. The main auditorium has a seating capacity of 2,286 and its modern stage facilities mean that it can cater to the staging requirements of major productions of opera and ballet as well as concerts. The Liceu season begins in September and runs until July the following year.
For further information: La Rambla, 51-59  www.liceubarcelona.cat
Ticket sales: tiquet@liceubarcelona.cat 902 533 353 / 932 746 411 (international calls)
Guided tours, express tours and visits with concert: 934 859 914 visites@liceubarcelona.cat

The concert hall, L’Auditori, was designed by the architect Rafael Moneo and covers a surface area of 42,000 m2. It is one of Barcelona’s main music venues and has four performance spaces: the Pau Casals Hall, with its exceptional acoustics and seating capacity of 2,200, is the concert venue for the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC); the 600-seater Oriol Martorell Hall; the 400-seater Tete Monotoliu Hall and the new Alicia Larrocha Hall, which seats 152. The programme of events includes seasons of chamber music, symphonic music, choral music, jazz, ethnic music and educational concerts. L’Auditori is also the home of the music school, the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and the Museu de la Música.
For further information: Lepant, 150 (08013) 932 479 300 www.auditori.catinfo@auditori.cat

Palau de la Música Catalana 
An outstanding landmark from Catalonia’s home-grown art nouveau movement, modernisme, (1908), designed by the architect Domènech i Montaner, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palau de la Música Catalana was the iconic backdrop for Catalan culture in the early 20th century and the cradle of the Catalan choral tradition. Today, it is a vibrant and dynamic cultural attraction which attracts performers from all over the world and a showcase for concerts of all genres and styles as well as cultural, social and business events. The venue epitomises Barcelona’s artistic dynamism and community spirit. It also has an 600-seater underground auditorium, the Petit Palau, a restaurant, the café in the Foyer and the gift shop.
For further information: Palau de la Música, 4-6 (08003) 932 957 200
Concert box office: 902 442 882 / 932 957 242 taquilles@palaumusica.cat
Ticket office for guided tours: 10am-3.30pm; July and Easter: 10am-6pm; August: 9am-8pm 902 475 485 visites@palaumusica.cat


Barcelona has a number of flamenco clubs, which host performances of flamenco music, singing and dancing. Most of them are supper-club type venues that open until late.

Tablao Flamenco Cordobés
La Rambla, 35 (08002) 933 175 711

El Patio Andaluz
Aribau, 242 (08006) 932 093 378

El Patio Andaluz
Aribau, 242 (08006) 932 093 378

Pl. Reial, 17 (08002) 933 191 789 / 933 041 210

El Tablao de Carmen
Poble Espanyol de Barcelona
Av. de Francesc Ferrer i
Guàrdia, 13 (08038) 933 256 895

Tablao Flamenco Nervión
Princesa, 2 (08003) 933 152 103

Ópera y Flamenco
Teatro Poliorama
La Rambla, 115 (08002) 933 010 660
Palau de la Música
Palau de la Música, 4-6
(08008) 932 957 200

Palau Dalmases Espai Barroc
Opera and flamenco concerts
Montcada, 20 (08003) 933 100 673


The Jamboree is one of the legendary jazz clubs, both in Barcelona and the rest of Spain. It hosts live jazz concerts and other styles of music, including blues, R&B, funk and Latin jazz.
Pl. Reial, 17 (08002) 933 191 789

Milano Cocktail Bar
Cocktail bar in the centre of Barcelona, where you can enjoy the best in live jazz, blues and swing.
Rda. Universitat, 35 (08007) 931 127 150

Barcelona Teatre Musical 
Located in the former sports complex, the Palau dels Esports on Montjuïc, the venue can hold 2,900 people and hosts large-scale musicals. Barcelona Teatre Musical complements the city’s regular seasons of theatre performances with major international shows which are usually on for at least 12 weeks.
Av. de la Guàrdia Urbana, s/n (08004)
Offices: Joaquim Blume, s/n (08004)
934 092 020 Ticket office 934 231 541

Barcelona Grec Festival

Barcelona’s summer festival, popularly known as the “Grec Festival de Barcelona”, is one of the main events on the city’s cultural calendar. Every summer, in July the Grec showcases the best in the performing arts with a broad appeal. The programme includes a wide variety of plays, concerts, dance and circus performances. The main venue for the festival include the Teatre Grec on Montjuïc (which gives rise to the festival name) among others.

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