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SCHMITZ ROTH OPERA IN BARCELONA


“...specialized in organizing premium stays in barcelona to enjoy the opera...�


SCHMITZ ROTH OPERA IN BARCELONA

SCHMITZ ROTH is a travel agency, registered in the Catalan Registry of Tourism with number GC-004042, specialized in organizing Premium stays in BARCELONA to enjoy the Opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, explore its Private Areas behind the scenes with a specialized guide and enjoy the experience of an exclusive visit to “El Círculo del Liceo”, the oldest English-style private club in Spain, which has one of the most important private collections of modernist art in Catalonia.

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“...the only agency which organizes premium stays particularly for german-speaking visitors...�


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German-speaking visitors who want to enjoy the experience of going to the Opera in the incomparable setting of Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, explore the Private Areas behind the scenes and also get to know the exquisite Private Club “El Círculo del Liceo” which is in the same building and is the venue for top personalities of Catalan society, as it is the oldest private social club in the city.

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“...travelling with schmitz roth guarantees unique and unforgettable experiences...�


To guarantee the quality of the Premium experience with SCHMITZ-ROTH, we combine five key factors in our programmes: 1. Exclusive seats. For each performance we select the best seats, to make sure that our clients enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

2. Exclusive visit and lunch in the Restaurant of the Private Club “El Círculo del Liceo” (access restricted to members) with a German or English-speaking guide. 3. Premium visit behind the scenes of the Gran Teatre del Liceu with a specialized a German or English-speaking guide. 4. Personal attention. Our clients receive very special treatment in their own language.

5. Maximum comfort for your stay. Our clients will enjoy staying at a ****S or ***** star hotel primarily one of DERBY DESIGN HOTELES like Hotel Claris, Bagués, Arai, Granados 83 and including breakfast. This hotels are in the town centre, but in a quiet location and only a few steps from the Paseo de Gracia, the city’s main shopping street. They are unique in Barcelona for its strong connection with the arts, reflected in the superb collection of works displayed in each of the hotels of DERBY DESGIN HOTELS decorated with exclusive pieces to give a special atmosphere which combines luxury and comfort. But there is no doubt that the finest collection in the Hotel Claris is the Egyptian works of art on show in the hotel's museum on the first floor.

The result: Travelling with SCHMITZ ROTH guarantees a unique and unforgettable experience.

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“...barcelona is a reference point for opera in europe...�


Barcelona, with its outstanding geographical location and great cultural, architectural and gastronomic attractions, is also a point of reference for Opera in Europe, since it has one of the finest opera houses in the world, a cultural symbol of the city: the Gran Teatre del Liceu, now the leading European theatre in the Italian format in number of seats and second in the world. OPERA IN BARCELONA. In the 19th century, the need to create a music conservatory in a Barcelona in full economic and demographic expansion led in 1838 to the conversion of the “Sociedad Dramática de Aficionados” into the “Liceo Filarmónico Dramático Barcelonés de H.M. Isabel II”, who added the Italian style of singing and music to the cultivation of theatre. Its success, together with the determination of a distinguished group of the Barcelona bourgeoisie, led by Joaquim de Gispert i d’Anglí, resulted in a new and ambitious theatre, worthy of the city’s importance and which has lasted for more than a century and a half, being built on the site of the old Trinitarian Monastery on the Rambla. The inaugural performance was on 4 April 1847, a programme including a symphony by Joan Melcior Gomis, the drama Don Fernando de Antequera by Ventura de la Vega, an Andalusian-style dance entitled Rondeña by the composer Josep Jurch, and Il Regio Imene, a cantata in Italian by Joan Cortada with music by Marià Obiols. After a first stage in which opera was part of the artistic activity, together with many drama performances, concerts and variety numbers, it became a prestigious opera theatre.

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The first opera given, Anna Bolena, by Donizetti, was already a symptom of the taste for bel canto and romantic Italian drama of the moment (Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, etc.), which has remained in the repertory throughout the years, together with French grand opera (Auber, Meyerbeer, Halévy), now forgotten, and later French composers, such as Gounod, Bizet, Massenet and Saint-Saëns, who have been maintained. 1883 marked the appearance of Wagner, one of the composers most loved and valued by the public of the Liceu, and who has given the theatre some extraordinary moments. Verismo, especially in the figure of Puccini, since the end of the 19th century, has been a much appreciated school and also, after 1915, Russian opera (Mussorgski, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky). In the second half of the 20th century, the repertory concentrated more on the most popular titles worldwide and also gave nearly all the other great composers of the century: Bartok, Honegger, Gershwin, Berg, Janacek, Weill, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Britten, Schönberg, Hindemith, etc., and has also exhumed baroque and classical composers such as Monteverdi, Handel and Gluck. The finest voices of all times, among them outstanding Catalans such as Victoria de los Ángeles, Montserrat Caballé, Jaume Aragall and Josep Carreras, as well as Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti and the best conductors and production designers, have all performed in this great theatre.

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EL CÍRCULO DEL LICEO. El Círculo del Liceo, founded in 1847 by 125 members, is an exclusive Private Club in the English style which at present has more than 900 members. It is the oldest club of its kind in Spain and still occupies its original premises. It shares a symbolic building with the Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, with which it has a common origin, but it is an association totally independent of the Theatre and a place of reference for the social and cultural life of Barcelona and Catalonia. Every year it is the venue for many occasions, recitals, concerts, conferences, presentations of prizes, fiestas and celebrations in which the members take part with personalities from the cultural life of Barcelona and from other parts of Spain. El Círculo del Liceo has a unique artistic heritage, with one of the most important groups of modernist paintings in Spain, an important collection of art works, especially painting and sculpture, unequalled in Barcelona for its importance and excellent state of preservation: - A set of murals, 12 oils on canvas by Ramón Casas, in “La Rotonda”, inspired in musical themes. Ramón Casas also designed and decorated this little room, which has been preserved until today without significant changes. In the oil “El automóvil” we see in the distance the orchestra playing in the pavilion which the Círculo del Liceo exhibited for the Universal Exhibition of 1888.

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“...it is the oldest club of its type in spain which is still in its original setting...�


- The well-known “Fish bowl”, with a fabulous view of the Rambla, decorated by Josep Pascó (1901-1903) and with murals by Oleguer Junyent. - The four famous stained-glass windows were installed in the vestibule in 1905, works by Oleguer Junyent, Josep Pey and A. Bordalba, testimony to the tremendous influence of Wagner in Catalan culture in the early twentieth century, and the role of the Círculo in introducing Wagner to Catalonia.

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17.09.2016

THE MAGIC FLUTE

07.10.2016

MACBETH

06.11.2016

Concert DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY

15.12.2016

ELEKTRA

17.12.2016

SODRE NATIONAL BALLET / URUGUAY JULIO BOCCA

22.12.2016

Recital SONDRA RADVANOVSKY

28.01.2017

WERTHER

25.02.2017

TEUZZONE

04.03.2017

THAÏS

21.03.2017

RIGOLETTO

04.06.2017

Recital JOYCE DIDONATO & IL POMO D´ORO

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OPERAS AND CONCERTS AT THE GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU IN BARCELONA

Saturday, 17th September 2016, 6 pm

THE MAGIC FLUTE Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Singspiel in two acts.

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This opera, rife with symbolism and allusions to Free Masonry, was the last Mozart wrote. He conducted it on the first night, shortly before he died.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Antonello Manacorda

STAGE DIRECTOR

Suzanne Andrade,

This production, which blends the singers with colourful animations reminiscent of the silent films of the 1920s, arouses enthusiasm everywhere it goes.

Barrie Kosky VIDEO

Paul Barritt

ORIGINAL IDEA

«1927» (Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt) and Barrie Kosky

SET AND COSTUME DESIGN

Esther Bialas

DRAMATURGY

Ulrich Lenz

LIGHTING

Diego Leetz

PRODUCTION Komische Oper Berlin, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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Friday, 7th October, 2016, 8 pm

MACBETH Giuseppe Verdi Melodrama in four acts.

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Giuseppe Verdi venerated Shakespeare's plays and this was his first opera based on a text by the Bard. He wanted to achieve "something extraordinary", a phrase which sums up his enthusiasm.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Giampaolo Bisanti

STAGE DIRECTOR

Christof Loy

CHOREOGRAPHY

Thomas Wilhelm

SCENOGRAPHY

Jonas Dahlberg

COSTUMES

Ursula Renzenbrink

COSTUM ASSISTANT

Sarah J. Rolke

LIGHTING

Bernd Purkrabek

In this version, stage director Christof Loy chooses a classical, timeless setting and adds touches of surrealism. Black and white predominate and the drama is intense.

PRODUCTION Grand Théâtre de Genève, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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Sunday, 6TH November 2016, 6 pm

Concert DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY

He made his international reputation by singing Russian music, both operatic and traditional, but soon became one of the leading Verdi baritones, known for his refined, expressive phrasing.

PRODUCTION Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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Thursday, 15th December 2016, 8 pm

ELEKTRA Richard Strauss Tragedy in one act.

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This is a work of musical contrasts, in which Strauss reflects the full horror of Sophocles' tragedy.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Josep Pons

STAGE DIRECTOR

Patrice Chéreau

This famous production was the last by the versatile film and play director Patrice Chéreau (†2013). The action takes place at an unspecified period. Both the characters and the human dimension of the tragedy of Elektra, are portrayed with superb skill.

(†2013) STAGE DIRECTOR

Vincent Huguet

OF THE REVIVAL SET DESIGNER

Richard Peduzzi

COSTUME DESIGNER

Caroline de Vivaise

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Dominique Bruguiére

CO-PRODUCTION Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Metropolitan Opera House (NY), Festival d´Aix-en-Provence, Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin), Finnish National Opera (Helsinki).

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Saturday, 17th December 2016, 9 pm

SODRE NATIONAL BALLET / URUGUAY JULIO BOCCA The inspiration for Léo Delibes' ballet came from one of E.T.A. Hoffmann's tales of fantasy. Yet both the characters and the traditional dances endow it with a marked realism. Julio Bocca directs the Sodre National Ballet from Uruguay in this highly theatrical version. The colourful costumes reinforce the vigour and elegance of the dancing and acting.

CREDITS: MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Martín García

CHOREOGRAPHY

Enrique Martínez (†1998)

MUSIC

Léo Delibes

LIBRETTO

Charles Nuitter, based on the tale Der Sandmann (The Sandman) by E. T. A. Hoffmann

MUSICAL ADAPTATION

John Arthur Lanchbery

SET AND COSTUME DESIGN

José Verona

LIGHTING

Paulo César Medeiros

PRODUCTION Theatro Municipal de Rio (Brasil)

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Thursday, 22th dezember 2016, 8 pm

Recital SONDRA RADVANOVSKY

Verdi, Bellini, Rachmaninov, Copland und Massenet, u.a. The great Sondra Radvanovsky returns to the Liceu this season, accompanied on the piano by Anthony Manoli, after her triumphs in Tosca and Norma. The critics are unanimous is considering Radvanovsky as one of the leading sopranos in her particular repertory.

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Saturday, 28th January 2017, 8 pm

WERTHER Jules Massenet Lyric drama in four acts.

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In this opera based on Goethe's novel, Massenet paints a faithful portrait of a personage who embodies the Romantic concept of melancholy caused by disappointed love.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Alain Altinoglu

STAGE DIRECTOR

Willy Decker

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER

Wolfgang Gussmann

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Joachim Klein

Willy Decker's Romantic-Expressionist production has already won acclaim in various opera houses. The contrasting colours and impossible shapes match the different states of mind evoked by the plot

PRODUCTION Oper Frankfurt, Symphony Orchestra of Gran Teatre del Liceu. Cor infantil Amics de la Uniรณ de Granollers.

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Saturday, 25th February 2017, 6 pm

TEUZZONE (Concert version) / Antonio Vivaldi Listen marvelous and exotic Vivaldi's music conducted by Jordi Savall.

CREDITS: MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Jordi Savall

Le Concert des Nations

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Saturday, 4th March 2017, 8 pm

THAÏS (Concert version) / Jules Massenet Comédie lyrique in three acts.

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Plácido Domingo returns in an opera seldom seen at the Liceu.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

One of Massenet's most frequently staged operas comes to the Liceu with a cast that includes Plácido Domingo. The tremendously difficult title role is accessible only to the most talented virtuoso singers.

PRODUCTION

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Tuesday, 21th March 2016, 8 pm

RIGOLETTO Giuseppe Verdi Melodrama in three acts.

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Javier Camarena has chosen the Liceu for his debut as the Duke of Mantua, starring beside Carlos Ă lvarez in this luxury production. Rigoletto, based on a play by Victor Hugo, is part of the operatic canon and was censored before the premiere for criticizing the monarchy of the period.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Riccardo Frizza

STAGE DIRECTOR

Monique Wagemakers

SET DESIGNER

Michael Levine

COSTUME DESIGNER

Sandy Powel

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Reinier Tweebeeke

PLAYWRIGHT

Klaus Bertisch

CO-PRODUCTION Gran Teatre del Liceu y Teatro Real (Madrid), Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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Sunday, 4th June 2017, 6pm

Recital JOYCE DIDONATO & IL POMO D´ORO

Harmony through music: Monteverdi, Handel, Leo and Jommelli, among others.

Purcell,

IL POMO D ´ORO

Joyce Didonato loves Barcelona and she is a incredible MEZZO-SOPRAN able to convey her emotions by her voice every time when she visits the Liceu.

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DIRECTOR AND CLAVICEMBALO

Maxim Emelyanichev

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Joyce Didonato

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THE PREMIUM EXPERIENCE The SCHMITZ ROTH experience starts with the visitor's arrival in the city: - Airport - Barcelona Transfer with German or English-speaking chauffeur. - Accommodation in a ****S or ***** star hotel, primarily on of DERBY DESIGN HOTELES, like the Hotel Claris, Hotel Bagués, Hotel Arai, Hotel Granados 83, including breakfast. This hotels with a strong connection with the arts and therefore unique in Barcelona, in the centre of the city, but in a peaceful location and just a few steps from the Paseo de Gracia. - Premium Visit to the Gran Teatre del Liceu behind the scenes with German or English-speaking guide. - Exclusive visit to the Private Club “El Círculo del Liceo” with German or English-speaking guide. - Lunch in the Restaurant of the Private Club “El Círculo del Liceo”, accompanied by Natalia Schmitz, founder of “SCHMITZ ROTH”. - Hotel - Opera - Hotel Transfers. - Going to the Opera of your choice at the Gran Teatre del Liceu with the finest seats. - Barcelona - Airport Transfer with German or English-speaking chauffeur.

To complete the PREMIUM visit there is the option of adding other services: - Visit to the Egyptian museum: the finest private collection of Egyptian works, just a few steps from the Hotel Claris. - Personalized tours of the city of Barcelona accompanied by German or English-speaking guide and chauffeur. - Other personal services, to be agreed.

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“...it is already a reality for any visitor passionate about opera to be able to enjoy a unique visit to barcelona...�


NATALIA SCHMITZ Natalia Schmitz (CEO of SCHMITZ ROTH), German and resident in Barcelona since 1992, is a graduate in Law from Mannheim University and also has studies in Tourism. Her love of Barcelona and its music has led her to embarkon the SCHMITZ ROTH project. Today, thanks to her determination, it is already a reality for any visitor passionate about Opera to be able to enjoy a unique visit to Barcelona.

CONTACT Contact with Natalia Schmitz: T +34 666 404 215 E nschmitz@schmitzroth.com Carrer d'Alacant, 28. 08022 Barcelona (Spain)

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