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Carmen at Palau de la Musica

Barcelona, Palau de la Música Catalana — Concert Hall

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About the Event

Experience the awe‐inspiring architecture of Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and allow yourself to be transported into the world of opera. Carmen, renowned for its enthralling performances around the globe, is a must‐see opera that never fails to captivate and move its audience. Its music effortlessly combines various styles, from classical French romanticism to the enchanting melodies inspired by Spanish folklore. This staged production, with a duration of two hours and fifteen minutes, includes a 15‐minute intermission. With a symphony orchestra, talented solo singers, a chorus, a Spanish dance troupe, and stunning costumes, the production is enhanced by the Palau de la Música Catalana's unique and brilliant lighting. Witness the spectacle of more than 60 artists performing on stage!

Program

  • Georges Bizet – Carmen
Program is subject to change

Cast / Production

Orquestra NovAria Filharmonia
Adolf Gassol, musical conductor
Marta Finestres, choir conductor
Sergi Gimenez, stage management
Sarah Zhai, international executive director
Novaria Artists, staging
Ben aisit, production and communication
Núria Serra, choreography
Álvaro Duran, stage director
Juliana Tauber, stage manager
Imesde, lightning
Montse Miralles, costume designer
Roger Griño, characterization

Palau de la Música Catalana

The Palau de la Musica Catalana is a dazzling building situated in the northern part of Barcelona's Old Town. An architectural jewel of the Catalan Art Nouveau style, built between 1905 and 1908, its rich interior displays the work of the region's artisans in the form of stained-glass windows, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and blacksmithing. The extensive use of glass in the construction of the venue creates stunningly radiant interiors. The dusty red facade of the Palau is decorated with busts of great composers including Bach, Beethoven and Wagner, and colorful mosaics in floral patterns. The centre of the Palau is the magnificent concert hall, entirely lit by natural sunlight due to the extraordinary skylight in the centre of the richly ornate ceiling, which is popular for symphonic and chamber music. According to Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect who designed the Palau, the aim was to create a “garden for music” – an objective he definitely managed to achieve.

Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet devoted his relatively short life of 36 years to the musical theatre. The opera Carmen, pearl of his oeuvre, is still one of the most frequently performed operas in the world. He was born in 1838 into a musically educated family – his father was a singing teacher and his mother a professional piano player. At the age of 4, young George could already read notes and play the piano, and six years later he became enrolled at the Paris Conservatory. After finishing his studies, Bizet won the prestigious Prix de Rome for his cantata Clovis et Clotilde, that allowed him to work solely on his own compositions for five years. He spent four rather carefree years in Italy from 1857 to 1860 where he travelled, composed and developed his talent. After coming back to Paris, he faced struggles and found it very difficult to achieve recognition for his music. In order to make a living, he gave private lessons, composed light entertaining music and made arrangements of piano works by other composers. In fact, he could have easily become a successful pianist as he was a virtuoso piano player and once impressed Franz Liszt himself with the performance of one of Liszt’s piano compositions. But Georges Bizet did not look for a way to make easy money and was adamant about his intention to only compose music. In 1872 he wrote two operas, Djamileh and L’Arlesienne, which were received very coldly but now are considered to be a representation of Bizet’s artistic maturity. Soon before his death in 1875, Carmen premiered in the Opera Comique, but the audience’s verdict was rather negative. Never having witnessed public acclaim during his life, George Bizet now is one of the most famous opera composers in history.

Address

Palau de la Música Catalana, c/ Palau de la Música, 4‐6, Barcelona, Spain — Google Maps

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