THE MUSIC SALON: classical music, popular culture, philosophy and anything else that catches my fancy...
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
I'm returning to Spain this summer for the month of May. Mostly I will be staying in Madrid where I have an apartment for the month, but I intend on taking some side trips. One of them is definitely going to be to Valencia where I plan to attend a performance of Massenet's Werther in the magnificent Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. This is part of a spectacular complex, the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences that includes a number of other complexes as well, such as a science museum, oceanographic park and planetarium. But the opera house and cultural center Reina Sofía is what catches my interest. Here is a photo:
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That astonishing structure contains one of Europe's finest opera houses as well as three other spaces of varying sizes and uses. It opened in 2005.
This is the aria "Pourquoi me réveiller" from the opera sung by Jonas Kaufmann: