Seville, City of Opera
by Fiona Flores Watson
More than 100 operas are set in the city, by composers such as Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Beethoven and Bizet.
With its beautiful houses and squares, romantic balconies and impressive monuments like the Maestranza bullring and old tobacco factory, it is easy to imagine the equally comic and tragic action of operas taking place around its streets.
These include most famously, Carmen, The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, but also Don Juan de Mañara and Fidelio.
You can often see operas set in Seville performed at the Maestranza theatre.
Follow the opera routes
A good option to see opera locations around the city is to follow the three Sevilla Ciudad de Opera (Seville, City of Opera) walking routes, using a brochure or app from Seville Tourism Office.
You can choose from the Carmen Myth, the Don Juan Myth and the Figaro Myth (The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro).
The brochures show the walking route, while the app has voice explanations, and music from the operas.
You can listen to detailed explanations about the works, characters and locations featured, whether mentioned specifically or merely implied, as well as excerpts of music, naturally - famous arias. Most interestingly, some social context is also introduced.
In addition, you can follow two general routes which include a number of different locations from these four operas, as well as Donizetti's La Favorita and Maria de Padilla, and La Fuerza del Destino by Verdi.
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