Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. Opera House in City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Opera House in City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

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Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

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The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is a modern opera house and performing arts center in Valencia, Spain. It was the final building of the City of Arts and Sciences complex to open to the public, and contains four performance spaces: a main hall, an auditorium, a master classroom, and a theater. If you’re interested in attending a live music or dance performance in Valencia or are fascinated by modern architecture, you should certainly stop by for a visit.

History

The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia was designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava (Wikipedia Article), who was involved in the creation of all of the buildings in this popular cultural complex. It first opened to the public in 2005 with a production of Fidelio, an opera by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is known for its unique architectural style, including its distinctive, curved, metallic roof, which makes the building the tallest opera house in the world.

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Features

If you can’t afford to attend a concert, opera, or dance performance at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, you can still enjoy its magnificent architecture by taking a tour of the building during the day for a small fee. Its main features are:

The Main Hall

The Main Hall is home to one of the largest stages in the entire world. It was designed for opera performances, but can also be converted for ballet and other performances.

The Auditorium

The Auditorium has a capacity of 1,490 spectators and is used for all kinds of events, including film screenings and classical music performances.

The Master Classroom

Known as the Aula Magistral in Spanish, this room has a capacity of 378 people and is used for more intimate events such as chamber music performances, recitals, and conferences.

Martín i Soler Theater

This small space is used for small-scale theater productions with seating for 400 people.

Practical Information

Valencia’s bus and metro systems make it easy to reach the City of Arts and Sciences. EMT bus lines 19, 35, 40, and 95 all stop near the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, while the closest Metrovalencia stop is Alameda, which can be reached using lines 3 and 5.

Address: Avenida del Professor López Piñero, 1, 46013 Valencia, Spain

Guided tours are available Monday through Friday at 11:30 and 13:00, or on Sundays and holidays at times listed online. Tours take approximately 50 minutes and cost €8 ($9.20) for adults and €6 ($6.90) for seniors. You can also view the center’s website to learn more about live performances.

Similar Landmarks

Other notable sites within the City of Arts and Sciences include Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, L'Oceanogràfic, and L'Hemisfèric.

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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: Jun 30, 2015

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