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Barcelona y Flamenco
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Flamenco Performance at Teatre Poliorama or Palau de la Música Catalana
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Barcelona y Flamenco presents: “Opera y Flamenco” and “Gran Gala Flamenco” In more than 10 years their two principal shows have reached millions of spectators, making them the most seen Flamenco productions in Barcelona. "Opera y Flamenco – A Love Story" is born from the joining together of well known talented singers and flamenco artists and of the fusion of two passionate European arts. This incredible shows is choreographed by the award winning Rafael Amargo, the most important flamenco artist working today. Opera y Flamenco tells the tormented story of love between the dancers with their souls interpretated by the tenor and soprano. "Gran Gala Flamenco" takes the spectator on a journey by means of the heart of the deepest flamenco. Exciting, with a selection of the most poignant “palos” of flamenco interpretated by the new generation of Catalan artists. Let yourself be captivated by al the intensity and passion of the gypsy people and enjoy the perfect union of strength, music, spirit and dance. Barcelona y Flamenco productions continues running without interruption in the Palau de la Música Catalana and in the Poliorama Theatre.
Reviewed November 27, 2012

I have just got back from a weekend in Barcelona to celebrate my Husbands birthday. We pre- booked tickets for a performance of Opera y Flamenco based on the good reviews that we had read - after all it has been going strong for 8 years so surely there must be something good about it ?? How wrong we were. From the opening notes we could not believe how unmusical the whole evening was going to pan out! Instruments were out of tune. The first female singer sounded as though she had to be a relation of Margarita Crakatan(apologies to the aforementioned at least you have good comedic value!) I can only imagine that she must be completely tone deaf as there was virtually no true note hit. The opera singers were just so so. They sang arias which were pleasant enough, well known but not terribly well executed. The dancers were probably the best part of the "event" although they seemed a little jaded as though they are bored with the whole performance. I think that for the 40 euros a head spent on these tickets we had an extremely poor value experience. The saving grace was that it only lasted a little over an hour. Had there been an interval I doubt that we would have gone back for a second half! In contrast to this debacle, we had been to an amazing guitar recital given by Xavier Coll the night before which cost less than half the money of these tickets and which literally blew our socks off it was so brilliant!

8  Thank lesaquarelles
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Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

we went to Gala flamenco , it was fantastic. great music and dance, very nice ambiance.
a breliant 1.30 hr show that covers traditional flamenco; singers are very good , guitarists are excellent and the three dancers are fantastic. the male dancer is very famous and popular in catalonya and he runs dance classes in Barcelona. reasonable price. pala de music itself is very beautiful and worth-seeing; also separate tours are available for the music hall.
no need to do reservation; you can just walk in and buy tickets though online booking is available. the loaction is in city center near la rambla and it is easily accessible via metro.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

It may not be the biggest or best show, but the performers were enthusiastic and sincere on the night we attended, and we were pleasantly surprised by what a great time we had!
I'm not a big Opera fan, so this was just right for me - familiar arias with an obvious enough plot to follow - and the singing was powerful and clear. The flamenco left a bit to be desired in length (the show is just over an hour long) but was exciting and provocative as it should be.
We were happy to get this taste of Catalan culture and still have time to wander in the Barri Gotic.

2  Thank Mcveefly
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

Based on reviews here and elsewhere I had high hopes for this. I had bought the tickets for my girlfriend who is learning to dance Flamenco. I like Opera music but we rarely go, so I thought it could be a good opportunity to share some of our interests.

Unfortunately, she has now probably been put off Opera for life! The flamenco was not bad, but barely professional standard. The female dance was good, the man made some basic (and obvious errors) but at least they seemed to put their all into it, and they did it with passion.

The Opear singers had their microphones set at a far too sensitive level, which meant it came booming out of the speakers even when they should have been singing delicately. The result was Opera that you might expect a busker to be singing on the metro. No passion, no subtlety, no feeling, no class.

Behind them was an insipid orchestra, with a cellist who not only could not stop grinning and nodding his head as if he was playing in a bar band, he was also often out of time and key. The rest of the band were pretty good for their part, although it didn't really work for the Opera, which is maybe why they tried to drown them out.

There were some nice moments when the Opera was taken on by the Flamenco but it seemed to me that the whole thing was put on for tourists and that the performers were tired and uninterested. That the whole thing lasted only a hour was in some ways a relief, but for 35 euros per ticket it seems grossly over priced. The half an hour Flamenco in placa Reial is much better and 8 euros, with a free drink. I felt like the performers thought we knew no better and so gave us no better.

I was really expecting something of much higer quality. I suspect in previous years it may have had that. Here it was in very, very short supply.

11  Thank John C
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed the show! A very inteligent mixture of traditional "flamenco" with easy to follow Opera arias. Power and harmony mix together in a remarkable way. Oscar Marin is one of the best tenors we have had the chance of listening to. Sara Flores is a remarkable "cantaora". Strongly recomend attending.

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Musicaemusica, Gerente at Barcelona y Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2014

Dear Guest!
Thank you very much for kind words regarding your recent visit at our show. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our work. We hope to welcome you soon back again in Barcelona!
Kind regards.
Barcelona y Flamenco, ¡ole!

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