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Palma XXX Opera Season

Palma 2016 opera season bigger and better than ever

Let's not get confused here, the XXX of the title is Roman for 30, for it's the 30th opera season at Palma's Teatro Principal and they've really gone to town on it for next year. The theatre's patrons have approved a €5.6 million budget for next year and over a million of this will be spent on the five opera productions.

It really is a great way to spend an evening as the theatre is a warm, convivial and quite intimate place, not too big and consisting mainly of boxes for 6 people which have excellent views of the stage. The opera attracts a cosmopolitan crowd who dress up for the occasion but don't have to spend a fortune on tickets, with prices from around €5 to €60 it's extremely economical in comparison to the more famous opera venues.

The economy continues in the interval when the bar has lashings of beer and Cava on sale alongside ham rolls and local favourite coca – a kind of savoury pizza. The only downside I've found to watching an opera here is that the 'subtitles' for foreign language works are only in Spanish and Catalan, not English, so if you go, make sure you know the story first!

barber of seville, palma

So, what's in store? Here's what's on in chronological order and as you can see, The Barber of Seville (photo collage)– last season's most successful production – makes a welcome return in May!

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci - February, 7, 10, 12, 14

Salome - March 10, 13

La Traviata - April 24, 27, 29 and May 1

The Barber of Seville - May 11, 13, 15

Nabucco - June 19, 22, 24, 26

Fancy going, get the best box by booking early on the Teatro Principal's website.