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Featuring an air of striking regality that can be attributed to its historic dull rose facade, the Gran Teatre del Liceu is a longstanding symbol of Barcelona's prized culture. Perhaps the most important theater in Barcelona, the Gran Teatre del Liceu was built in 1847 as a venue for opera performances. The original building showcased a modern aesthetic designed by architects Miquel Garriga i Roca and Josep Oriol Mestres, and while the theater was rebuilt after a fire in 1994, a handful of cherished artifacts from the first structure remain. The main façade, the Hall of Mirrors, and staircase notably represent the historic Gran Teatre del Liceu as it was originally conceived. As important as ever, the new theater stays true to its roots by staging an exciting program of operas, concerts, and ballets performed by some of the most reputable companies in the world. It even houses a symphony orchestra and choir that perform throughout the year. With 2,292 seats, the Gran Teatre del Liceu is certainly grand, and it has one of the largest opera auditoriums in Europe.
The color red dominates the interior of Los Tarantos, paying a humble tribute to the attires of the Flamenco dancers who have graced the stage of this institution since 1963. One of the longest-established and most prestigious flamenco club in town, Los Tarantos has hosted performances by some of the country's most famous singers and bailaores (flamenco dancers), including Antonio Gades, Manzanita and Fosforito. This is a great place to experience the rich Spanish culture at its best with well crafted drinks keeping patrons in high spirits. The club, albeit intimate, can seat smaller groups with ease; it has impressive acoustics and one can enjoy the show without any hindrance from its every corner.
Architect Ricard Boffil designed the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya , the largest theater in the region, it was completed in 1997. The aim was to create a permanent public theater with a resident company. Nowadays, you can come and see performances by prestigious foreign and national companies, productions by the resident company and collaborations between resident and visiting companies. In addition, you can attend regular play-reading sessions. The institution organizes competitions and awards grants to new and up-and-coming playwrights to assist their development. There are three auditoriums equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The film library is open to the public and there's a spacious restaurant too. It is attractively situated beside the L' Auditori.
Luz de Gas has a nostalgic charm to it with its dazzling chandeliers, mesmerizing stage and vintage-esque furniture. Its entertainment schedule features the likes of blues, jazz, pop, rock and disco as well as comedy nights, theater productions, poetry recitals and live concerts. This eclectic range of genres make it the performing arts venue of choice for international musicians and music lovers alike.