Not a big fan of opera, I found myself absolutely absorbed by one performance I saw some years ago at the Liceu. Located halfway down Las Ramblas, this opera place was completely burned down more than 20 years ago. The Barcelonians are proud that Liceu has been rebuilt with the same look and a great sound.
It’s true to say that the “best” seats are expensive, but the marvel of Liceu is that you can get a good view even in the cheap seats. This picture, taken from my seat in the back row of the fifth floor shows it – just be careful with seats too far on the sides. Ask the people at the ticket office.
Every season, there’s a good selection of shows both contemporary and classic. There are also some dance performances and special concerts with other kinds of musicians. If you are a student, you can go to the box office the same day of the show and try to get some off-price tickets. This season, after a wonderful Benvenuto Cellini by Berlioz, during Christmas season Donizetti’s Lucia de Lammermoor will be the star.
So, for some coming to Barcelona definitely means visiting the football stadium, for others a visit to this magnificent theater can be a great option for the evening. Check the website for both the shows and for some special visits to the “insides” of the theater – for general public and some even for architects that want to know the specifics of operations.