Located in a privileged environment within the city of Seville we can find the leader of the Andalusian cultural offer, the Maestranza Theatre. It has a capacity of 1,800 seats and is equipped with unrivalled acoustics, as well as one of the most modern technical machinery in European opera houses.
Opera is undoubtedly one of the greatest attractions, as it is not easy to find theatres which host this type of show on a regular basis, but the offer does not stop there, dance, symphonic concerts, solo recitals, flamenco and chamber music make up a program of the most complete which covers the taste of all types of spectators, from the most common to the casuals.
The theatre is located in the Arenal of Seville, which was once the centre of military and port activities in the city, as well as the place of departure and arrival of the fleet of the Indies due to the monopoly of trade with America and the Philippines.
The building of the Theater is located on the site that since the nineteenth century was occupied by the Maestranza artillery, from where it takes its name today. The construction of the theatre is the work of the architects Aurelio del Pozo and Luís Marín, winners of the competition organised by the Seville City Council in 1986 with the aim of endowing the city with a Culture Palace.
The authors, advised by Professor Lotha Cremer, took pains to find the best possible acoustic quality for this environment. These efforts offer us today an ideal reverberation time and direct sound reception.
In 1988, before the imminent arrival of Expo ’92, the Palace of Culture became the Maestranza Theatre due to the need to host the imposing lyrical and symphonic program which Expo ’92 presented. But it wasn’t until 2007 that the Theatre reached its maximum potential after a project which aimed to turn it into the cultural and artistic benchmark that it is today. With a budget of 10,318,000 euros, the theatre completely changes its interior, acquiring the technical means that currently allow it to be a first-rate referent.
And for the most curious…
If we have not yet managed to challenge the intellectual, cultural and artistic hunger of our visitors, the theater offers guided tours so we can learn everything that happens behind the scenes. We can enjoy this tours from September to June for a modest price of 8 euros for national and international visitors not resident in Andalusia.
From this platform we believe that an ideal way to crown a visit to the Andalusian capital would be to have the opportunity to enjoy one of the events that the Maestranza Theatre puts at our disposal and thus return home with the fullness that the tourism of experience has shown to bring us in the recent years.
At present, the Maestranza Theatre has suffered many cuts from the administration, although it is one of the temples of European lyric theatre. Within the cultural offer of the city of Seville, the theater is one of the greatest attractions for citizens and visitors to the city. Seville continues to be one of the reference destinations for opera lovers, not only because of its immense operatic heritage, but also because of the facilities that the Teatro de la Maestranza has. The different shows currently allow the public to rotate and transform the space into an eclectic place, where those who attend jazz have nothing to do with the piano cycles.
The Theatre’s ticket offices are open for the purchase of your ticket from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and public holidays, except on performance days, when it will be open until the start of the performance.
There are many and varied prices that you can find in the adquisition of tickets to the great coliseum of Seville, international reference. You can buy complete passes from 298 euros in paradise to 434 euros in the courtyard. Although the different concerts have tickets from 18 to 40 euros, depending on the work and date.
The Theatre is located in an area close to the World Heritage Site of the Cathedral with the Giralda, the Real Alcázar and the General Archive of the Indies, near the Mint and not far from the Tobacco Factory and the Bullring. In front of the Torre del Oro and the river, next to the Gothic Atarazanas and the Baroque front of the church of Santa Caridad with its gardens. Its unique location makes us perfectly understand plays such as Carmen, as the stage is in the heart of the theatre