We have had a wonderfully, culturally, fun filled week as we count down the days to our first retreat which begins next Saturday.
Wednesday night we headed to the Gran Teatre Liceu where we enjoyed Puccini’s Tosca immensely.
It is quite difficult to capture the beauty of the Palau with an iPhone camera shot, but as we were about to begin watching act 3, I noticed that the lighting appeared to be smiling at us.
If you are an opera fan, I would highly suggest a visit to the Gran Teatre Liceu during your stay in Barcelona.
Up next for us before the retreat? We’re heading to the Beethovens Moonlight Sonata at the Palau de la Musica this week before our guests arrive in to town.
For more about the history of the Gran Teatre de Liceu please read below:
Opening, fire and rebuilding (1847–1862)
From 1862 to Civil War
“Silver Age” and crisis: from 1940 to 1980
New direction and 1994 fire
From reopening to now
The opera house building
- the main façade in la Rambla (1847)
- the hall and the staircase (1861), with a Vallmitjana’s statue of the Music (1901)
- the foyer (Saló de Miralls or Mirrors Hall) (1847). It preserves romantic ornamentation with round paintings of musicians, singers and dancers from that time of Pasta, Rubini, Donizetti, Bellini, Gluck,Marie Taglioni. It was partially redecorated in 1877 by Elies Rogent and the roof painting, with the Parnassus, is from this period.