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Barcelona, capital of classical music

Barcelona, capital of classical music

El Gran teatre del Liceu
Photography: Jordi Bernadó

El Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival celebra su tercera edición del 6 al 30 de marzo. Está organizado por el Gran Teatro del Liceu, el Palau de la Música y L’Auditori de Barcelona, y promovido por Barcelona Global, con el apoyo del Ajuntament de Barcelona.

The largest classical music festival in the city, the Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival, will be taking place between 6 and 30 March, offering outstanding concerts at the three major concert halls in the city: the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Palau de la Música Catalana, and the Auditori de Barcelona. This year, the Barcelona Overture Spring Festival will be featuring Pelléas et Mélisande, by Claude Debussy at the Liceu, Alondra De La Parra and Carolyn Sampson at the Palau de la Música Catalana, and four programs at the Auditori de Barcelona.

Tickets are available from the Promoted by Barcelona Global, website or via the websites of the three concert halls.


El Gran Teatro del Liceu; foto: Jordi Bernadó

What is Barcelona Obertura City+?

In order to make classical music more accessible to all the people of Barcelona, the Barcelona Obertura City + will be staging a total of 28 free concerts in 22 iconic places in the the city. The aim of Barcelona City + is to present new young artists and composers, most of them trained in the conservatories of the three main classical concert halls in the city. Before the concerts start, there will be a brief explanation of no more than 10 minutes to introduce the music to the audience. The concerts will be held in well-known buildings in various different parts of the city, including the Casa Batlló, the former Estrella Damm brewery, the MACBA, the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and the Fundació Miró. The festival offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy high quality music, while showcasing the spirit, architecture, and culture of the city.


Festival Barcelona Obertura en la Model; foto: vídeo de Barcelona Obertura


The three artistic lines of Barcelona City +:

  • Female composers: There have always been female composers, but their talent hasn’t always been fully recognized in the past. The aim of the festival is to promote female composers of the past and to give those in the present the opportunity to demonstrate that they deserve their place in the future of classical music.


Alondra de la Parra, conductor


  • Two centuries on the same stage: The festival will prove that classical music can also be contemporary. This Ode to Contemporary Classical Music seeks to show that classical music can be as up to date as any other genre, with a mix of the music of 21st century composers together with the music of their mentors from the 20th century on the same stage.
  • Europe fusion: The tagline of the third artistic line is Europe fusion. This is a type of music that differs significantly from what we have come to expect from the canon of Western classical music.

For more information on Barcelona Obertura + click here


"Come for the music, stay for the rest", the new slogan for Barcelona Obertura

An initiative of Barcelona Global, Barcelona Obertura brings together the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Auditori Barcelona in order to show that Barcelona is a major world city in which music really matters, a true world capital of classical music.

Together with the new slogan "Come for the music, stay for the rest".

through video to promote the city around the globe.

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