Barcelona Obertura

About us

The Liceu Opera Barcelona, the Palau de la Música Catalana and L’Auditori Barcelona have come together in a unique initiative promoted by Barcelona Global to make the city the best destination for classical music lovers from all over the world.

A fantastic repertoire to enjoy in a fantastic city

Each season, Barcelona Obertura selects the best concerts and musical productions from the three venues and groups them together in special packages, offering the visitor an exquisite experience.

Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival & Barcelona Obertura Ciutat de Clàssica

Mediterranean lifestyle, boundless culture, fabulous architecture and museums and an unparalleled dining and drinking scene. Any time is great to visit Barcelona, but if there’s a choice, March should be the election. That’s when Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival and Barcelona Obertura Ciutat de Clàssica take place, and the whole city blooms and breathes classical music

The three temples of music

The Liceu Opera Barcelona, locally known as Gran Teatre del Liceu or simply the Liceu, was founded on the Rambla in 1847. Its uninterrupted activity over 170 years has let it positively fulfill its role as an arts centre and to become a cultural and social benchmark of the city and the country. The Liceu has become an international leader and a not-to-be missed destination for opera lovers around the world, thanks to running over 10 different productions per season with the most prestigious singers and the latest internationally applauded productions.

Liceu Opera

“It is great news to have the pillars of Barcelona classical music contributing to present an astonishing season. Palau de la Música Catalana, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Ibercamera and L’Auditori will collaborate to enhance the city of Barcelona as one of the world capitals for symphonic music.”

Valentí Oviedo General Director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu

The Palau de la Música Catalana was built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner as a home for the Orfeó Català choir, financed by popular subscription. It is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau, the only concert venue in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which today represents an essential landmark in the cultural life of Catalonia.

The mission of the Orfeó Català – Palau de la Música Catalana Foundation is to promote music, paying special attention to: choral singing, the recognition and diffusion of cultural heritage, and the strengthening of social cohesion.

Palau de la Música Catalana

“Barcelona has a musical attraction that is hugely powerful, due to both its quality and personality.”

Joan Oller Director of Palau de la Música Catalana

L’Auditori Barcelona, founded in 1999, is Barcelona’s most recently created music venue and the home of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Band and the Music Museum. L’Auditori Barcelona develops a stable program of over 500 activities per year on its four concert halls, which standards of excellence highlight the name of Barcelona among the great European capitals for classical music. Its Educational program is recognized internationally, inspiring the passion for music to the youngest people and helping to make culture accessible to all. L’Auditori Barcelona is the first concert hall in Spain to become a member of the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO), since 2007.

L’Auditori Barcelona

“The strength of musical tradition lies in its ability to remain contemporary, to be living culture. As a showcase for musical modernity, L’Auditori aims to present the living history of music in the context of the plural society of the 21st century.”

Robert Brufau General Director of L’Auditori Barcelona

Barcelona city of music

 Pau Casals, Alícia de Larrocha, Frederic Mompou, Josep Carreras, Jaume Aragall, Montserrat Caballé, Victoria de los Angeles, Jordi Savall, Cuarteto Casals… all have one thing in common: they call Barcelona their hometown. The city has always been proud of their rich musical heritage. Following continuous effort over many decades, today Barcelona enjoys an exceptional variety of music on offer at three spectacular venues, including, Liceu Opera, one of the largest theatres in Europe, Palau de la Música, the world’s only UNESCO World Heritage concert hall and the sleek and modern L’Auditori. These institutions present, season after season, very attractive programs which welcome many major artists of our times to Barcelona. By dimension and scope, Barcelona truly is a city of music.