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València has more musical societies than any other Spanish city, which goes some way towards explaining its vast array of cultural centres and live music venues.
The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, situated in the City of Arts and Sciences, hosts València’s opera and is also home to the region’s orchestra. Its stage has been graced by operatic greats, including Zubin Metha and Placido Domingo, from whom the Centro de Perfeccionamiento takes its name, having recreated works of iconic composers such as Beethoven and Wagner.
The Palau de la Música is another of the city’s foremost classical music venues, offering a wide range of cultural activities, in addition to congresses, exhibitions, shows and cinema screenings.
València has a special connection with Boston thanks to Berklee, a music school from the American city that has led the sector for four decades. It not only provides world-class training but also organizes various productions throughout the year.
The region is renowned for its music festivals, some of which are held in the capital itself. Such events include the Festival of Arts, it has hosted big names such as The Vaccines, in addition to the more intimate Deleste festival, previously held in La Rambleta, but recently relocated to the Carmen Centre in the heart of the historic quarter.
València is also home to a host of intimate music venues, where you can catch the live rock, flamenco, electronic and indie. They are the perfect place to find local musical talent. Live music hotspots include Matisse, Wah Wah, Loco Club, Black Note and George Best. There’s even room for jazz at venues such as Jimmy Glass, whilst classical serenade performances are organized periodically by La Nau.