Below there are some pictures I took when I collected the ticket, in the morning April 22nd.
Side view of the Palau de la Musica CatalanaThe other side of the Palau de la Musica Catalana, one hour before the show.
The balcony above the main entrace of the Palau de la Musica Catalana
The main entrance
And some details of the architecture
The first picture I took inside.
Well, not a very good photo. The lady looks great on the first page of the program. This picture reminded me of another great soprano. Anna. The photo on her Siempre Libera album. Just a thought.
Inside the Palau de la Musica Catalana. The ceiling is made of stained glass and the walls seem to be alive. See for yourselves.
Horses coming from the right wall.
And here she comes. Accompanied by the pianist, Sergio Ciomei. She's wearing a beatiful blue dress.
Before watching the photos, the setlist.
I - Gioacchino Rossini - La Regata Veneziana
II- Vincenzo Bellini - L'Abbandono, Il fervido desiderio, Vaga luna, La farfalletta
III - Vincenzo Bellini - Dolente immagine, Malinconia, ninfa gentile, Ma rendi pur contento - Gioacchino Rossini - Or che di fiori adorno
IV - L'Esule, Canzonetta spagnuola, La DanzaV
- Gaetano Donizetti - Il barceiolo, Amore e morte, La conocchia
- Gioacchino Rossini - Belta crudele
- Gaetano Donizetti - Me voglio fa na casa
VI - Gioacchino Rossini - Ariette a l'ancienne, L'Orpheline du Tyrol, Le grande coquette
VII - Pauline Viardot - Havanaise, Hai Lui
- Manuel del Populo Vicente Garcia - Yo que soy contrabandista
- Maria Malibran - Rataplan
And two ancores. One of them just impressed me to tears. Non ti scordar di me. But the version I heard was way better. You have to trust me here.
Thanking the audience at the end of first part.
The beginning of the second part of the recital. Now she's weating a gorgeous white dress.
After singing the first encore she asked the audience "Do you want me to sing more?"
"Are you sure?"
"You back there are sure too?"
The fast song made people stand up. She has such an energy that you can't remain seated.
Before the sound last encore I managed to get down to the first row of the second floor. The sound was better. So was the view. Again, brava! After she finished singing Non ti scordar di me the hall exploded.
Good bye, Signora! Thanks for a great evening!The Palau by night
Detail on the entrance column.
For those who might attend a show and would like to meet the artist, the backstage entrance is right near the box office. I like to see how the stars talk and act when they're not on stage. So I went there.
La Bartoli came after half an hour. A crowd of about 20-25 people was waiting. Everybody was anctious to meet her, to say what a great night they experienced. The pens and booklets were ready for her arrival.
She talked to everybody and the autographs were personalized.
Again, I kept the best for last. This is my dear memory. A picture and an autograph on my Maria CD. See you again in November, at the Barbican in London.