GRan theater de Liceu was constructed in 1847, and competed with Theater Principal just one block away. It serves for the opera and other musical events. It is now a mundane facade with no street appeal, being a modern appearance of ugly
Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona is in all the guides we found and every website we looked at before our trip. We did not enter for a concert as that is not our cup of tea (or coffee or wine for that matter), but we of course walked by on our "rambling" way along Rambla street.
Opening hours : 9:45am to 1pm
The history of the place I found at:
But externally as you can see it is not impressive, not at least after having spent days wandering the imaginative buildings that Gaudi designed and built.
If you have never had the chance enter and see a old world opera house then come here. They offer 90 minute tours at 10:00 a.m in both English and Spanish ...... The tour takes you into 3 sections of the Opera house with of course the grand hall of the building where the opera's takes place. You not allowed to take photo's in the grand hall which I thought was odd, but it was worth taking the tour. The building has great history and the guides tell some really interesting stories. Tour sell out quick, tickets go on sale at 9:30 am and the cost was 9 Euro's per person.
The Liceu theater is one of the most famous buildings of attractive and vivid Rambla street, that was formed in the end of 18th century at the former medieval wall territory. Liceu theatre itself was built in 1847 and for a long time is a place for known performances and cultural life.
In the other words Liceu theatre is called as Barcelona Opera House. I haven't been inside, but, as tourism information shows it has nice Hall of Mirrors.
Today it is public-owned, but this theatre was built and funded by private individuals with a love of the arts and has stood resiliently through the ages and through 2 fires - the first in 1861 and the second in 1994.
For the price of 4 euros, we were taken on a guided tour that included the main entrance (which in the past were only for the bourgeoisie; the others had to use side entrances), up the stairs with the Muse of Music looking down into the Saló de Miralls or Hall of Mirrors. The Hall of Mirrors (the foyer) is a beautiful room with a painted ceiling and round pictures of famous musicians and singers and dancers from history. It is used for small concerts, conferences and even wedding banquets! The Hall of Mirrors (together with the facade and entrance) are the only parts of the theatre that remained from the first fire. We were then taken into the majestic auditorium that was destroyed in the second fire caused by a spark that lit the stage curtains. The reconstruction stayed as faithful as possible to the original.
Visitors are allowed to take photos in the main entrance and Hall of Mirrors but not in the main auditorium.
There is a little gem that was sadly not highlighted anywhere including during the tour. We were luckily that we happened to re-visit the Liceu shop again on another day and found a darkened room with comfortable seats at the back of the shop that played a very informative documentary about the opera, the history of the theatre and the machinery that goes into making a production. I would very strongly recommend that you go to watch this documentary which is free of charge.
Was built in 1847, and reopened, after destruction by fire, on 1999.
Can seat up to 2,300;
Launched Catalan stars (e.g. Jose' Carreras & Montserrat Caballe')
On the standard visit you're taken to the grand foyer, and then up to the marble staircase to the glittering, neo-baroque SALO' DELS MIRALLS [Hall of Mirrors].
Guided tour Eur5.50/4/free
The Theatre of the Liceu is the Barcelona's opera house, one of the best in Spain. It was built in the XIX Century with private shareholders, being a good bourgeois place to meet each other. The building was damaged by fire in 1861 and 1994 and both times it has been restored by popular collect. The Liceu host very high level performances of opera, dance, concerts and recitals.
El Gran Teatro del Liceo de la casa de la ópera de Barcelona, una de las mejores de España. Fue construido en el siglo XIX con aportaciones privadas, siendo un buen lugar de reunión burguesa. El edificio fue dañado por sendos incendios en 1861 y 1994 siendo reconstruido en ambas ocasiones con aportaciones populares. El Liceo acoge representaciones de muy alto nivel de ópera, danza, conciertos y recitales.
Visiting hours / Horarios de visita
Guided tour / Visita guiada: 10:00 (daily / diario) 8'5€
Unguided tour / Visita libre: 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00 (daily /diario ) 4€
The Gran Teatre de Liceu is very beautiful inside, the opera tickets seem surprisingly affordable until you are inside and realize that most of the cheaper seats above in the balcony have a somewhat obstructed view to be honest though the ticket seller did tell us it was partially obstructed. I wouldn't suggest getting the absolute lowest priced ticket or you'll be standing the whole time in order to see the stage. Thankfully we weren't that far back but we still had to look around an ornate lamp.
This opera house is sooo incredible! You must go see it! You can only see the interior through thier guided tours, which run all day every half hour they give the tour in a different lang. (eng, span, catalan).
The original building of this great theater, dating from 1844 when construction began, was badly damaged by a fire in 1994, but still peeks out of the enormous new edifice by which it is now enclosed. It was orginally inaugurated in 1847, but an earlier fire than the one in 1994 partially destroyed it and it was refitted in 1862. After the fire of 1994, the theater reponed in 1999 .
Every type of performance, from musical galas, operas and ballets to rowdy carnival dances, are held in this theater.
See The Grand Theatre of the Liceu (El Gran Teatre del Liceu)
The theatre was built in the mid 19th century and over the years there has been two fires and a bombing. The first fire was in 1861. For the restoration of the Liceu, the architect Josep Oriol Mestres requested the collaboration of the finest realist painters of 19th- Century Barcelona: Martí Alsina, Lluís Rigalt and Antoni Caba. Then, on 7 November 1893, during a performance of the opera William Tell , the anarchist Santiago Salvador Franch threw a bomb into the audience, killing 22 people. Performances were resumed in January 1894. On 31 January 1994, sparks produced by welders working on the stage caused the theatre's second fire, which burned down the stage, consumed the stalls and destroyed the roof of the building.
El Gran Teatre del Liceu se construyó en Barcelona en el año 1844. Durante los años se produjeron en el teatro dos incendios y un atentado; el primer incendio, el año 1861. Para proceder a la restauración del Liceu el arquitecto Josep Oriol Mestres solicitó la colaboración de los mejores pintores realistas del siglo XIX barcelonés: Martí Alsina y Rigalt i Caba. Entonces, el 7 de noviembre de 1893, durante la representación de la ópera Guillermo Tell estalló una bomba. En enero de 1894 se reanudaron las representaciones. El 31 de enero de 1994, debido a las chispas que se produjeron durante las reparaciones que efectuaban unos soldadores en el escenario, se originó el segundo incendio que ha sufrido el teatro. El fuego quemó el escenario, pasó al patio de butacas y causó el hundimiento del techo del edificio, que fue declarado siniestro total.
In front of the Miró's mosaic, you'll find the Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona's Opera House. The original building was built in 1848 and it has been destroyed twice by a fire. The last time was in 1994 and was re-opened in 1999.