El Liceu

El Liceu (Opera House): Barcelona's Opera House was originally opened in 1847. It is one of the world's finest and biggest stage and acoustic settings for opera, and one of the most important opera houses in the country. Most of the building was destroyed by fire in 1994 and was rebuilt shortly after. It can be easily spotted while walking along the famous and colorful Les Rambles street.

Right after Bayreuth, Barcelona is the most Wagnerian city in the world. During the conference week, the Liceu Opera House will offer Wagner's "Die Walküre" under the stage direction by Robert Carsen. An intelligent stage production that will leave nobody indifferent, featuring the most acclaimed Wagner singers of the moment (Iréne Theorin, Anja Kampe, Klaus Florian Vogt, Albert Dohmen, Catherine Foster, Eva Maria Westbroeck, Franck van Aken, Greer Grimsley, Katarina Karnéus, in two different casts). Several performances are offered during the conference week (May 19, 22, 23, ...).

For more information and tickets, please, visit the official website.


Palau de la Musica

Palau de la Música Catalana (Concert Hall):Built between 1905 and 1908 as a headquarters for the Orfeó Català and funded by popular donations, it constitutes a symbolic and sentimental heritage of an entire city that identifies with its history. In addition, the Concert Hall -one of the most representative buildings of Catalan Modernist style- has been the privileged stage for the national and international concert life of the city of Barcelona for one hundred years.

During the conference dates, the acclaimed pianist Alexei Volodin will offer the integral version of Bach's Goldberg Variations (12 May). Some days after, the great Anna Netrebko, the most admired soprano of the moment, will offer a selection of arias of Verdi's operas (21 May).

For more information and tickets, please, visit the official website.


L'Auditori main hall

L'Auditori (Concert House): L'Auditori, a modern concert house sitting on the area of Plaça de les Glories, opened doors in March 1999. It is home to Barcelona's Symphonic Orchestra and also features a truly international concert programme.

During the conference dates, the Catalan Symphony Orchestra (OBC) conducted by Stephane Denève will host the acclaimed violinist Nikolaj Znaider that will offer their personal version of Beethoven's violin concerto, together with the famous Ravel's Bolero (16-18 May). On May 19, the Txaikovski Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Fedosseiev, will visit Barcelona and will interpret Chopin's first piano concerto.

For more information and tickets, please, visit the official website.


Razzmatazz street view

Razzmatazz (indie rock): Located in the Poblenou area, this large venue holds many high quality concert from the rock & electro scene. At night, it opens its five rooms as a disco where the indie scene is represented.

Sala Apolo Dance Hall

Sala Apolo (indie rock): Located in the Paral·lel, this two halls historical place normally programs rock and electro concerts. Every Monday, it holds the Anti-Karaoke, one of the hidden jewels of the city where rock and hardcore hits take the stage thanks to the spontaneous participation of the assistants.

Heloigabal logo

Heliogàbal (indie folk): A small bar which is normally packed to listen to the latest propsals from the indie folk world. One of the hot spots responsible of the latest wave of successful local bands, like Mishima, Manel, Delafe y Las Flores Azules or Love of Lesbian.