Known also as El Liceu, Gran Teatre del Liceu is the most prestigious and oldest still active theater in Barcellona, but also one of the most important theaters of the entire world.
Situated in Rambla dels Caputxins, it has been, for more than 150 years since its construction in 1847, a symbol and a meeting place of the Catalan aristocracy and bourgeoisie and the stage were performances of the most known titles of the opera genre, with the best singers, such as Jose Carreras, Montserrat Caballé and Jaume Aragall, took place.
It’s history is marked by a certain “curse”, because it suffered of two fires, the first on on April 9th, 1861 and the second one on January 31st, 1994, but also of an anarchist attack on November 7th, 1893, which killed 20 persons and injured many others. This very unfortunate event took place during a performance of Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell, because of the social tensions. For years, the seats of those who have been killed were never occupied during the performances.
In 1936, the building was expropriated and nationalised. After the second fire, which caused the destruction of the main hall, the actual building of the theater has been restored faithfully to the original design and improved, respecting the original decoration and style, in 1999 and was inaugurated in 2000.
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