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Estadio Mestalla is a football stadium in Valencia, Spain. The stadium is the home ground of Valencia Club de Fútbol. With a capacity of 55,000... seats, it ranks as the fifth-largest stadium in Spain. It is also renowned for its steep terracing and being one of the most intimidating atmospheres in all of Europe in which to play. On 20 May 1923, the Estadio Mestalla was inaugurated with a friendly match that brought Valencia CF and Levante UD face to face. It was the beginning of a new era a farewell to the Algirós, which will always remain in the memories of Valencians as the club's first home. A long and rich history has taken played out on the field of the Mestalla since its very beginning, and before Valencia CF was in Primera División. Back then, the stadium could hold up to 17,000 spectators, and the club started to show its potential in regional championships which led to a decision by management to carry out the first renovations of the Mestalla in 1927. As a result the stadium's seating capacity was increased to 25,000. Unfortunately the stadium was severely damaged during the Spanish Civil War.more
Estadi Ciutat de València is a football stadium in Valencia and is the home ground of Levante UD. The stadium holds 25,354 and was built in 1969.
L'Àgora is a multifunctional covered space designed by Santiago Calatrava located in the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències complex, Valencia,... Spain. The building has a height of 80 metres and occupies 5,000 square metres of elliptic space. Depending on the configuration of the space, a maximum seating capacity for 6,000 people can be reached. L'Àgora was officially inaugurated in November 2009 to host the Valencia Open 500 ATP tournament, although the construction works were not completely finished.more
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Sofía Palace of the Arts" is an opera house and cultural centre in Valencia, Spain. It opened on 8 October 2005; its... first opera staging was of Beethoven's Fidelio on 25 October 2006. Administration of the company is under the leadership of Helga Schmidt, formerly of London's Royal Opera House . Schmidt has attracted some major artists to be involved with the Palau. Among them is Zubin Mehta, who leads an annual music and opera festival, the Festival del Mediterráneo, which began in 2007; Lorin Maazel, who became music director; and Plácido Domingo, who brought his Operalia competition to the Palau in October 2007, and performs there regularly . The resident orchestra at the Queen Sofía Palace of the Arts is the Valencian Community Orchestra. The theatre's first season was dated, 2006-2007. During the first and second seasons the theatre staged seven or eight operas per season, as well as an operetta, a zarzuela, and vocal recitals.more
L'Oceanogràfic is a marine park situated in the east of the city of Valencia, Spain, where different marine habitats are represented. It was... designed by the architect Félix Candela and the structural engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro. It is integrated inside the cultural complex known as the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències . The Oceanographic is the largest complex of its type in Europe with a surface of 111,000 square metres and a water capacity of 42,000,000 litres . It has 45,000 animals of 500 different species including fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates — amongst these are sharks, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, walruses, beluga whales, and more — all inhabiting nine underwater towers. Each tower is structured in two levels and represent the major ecosystems of the planet. The park is divided into ten areas. The marine areas reflect the Mediterranean habitats, the polar oceans — the Arctic, the islands, the tropical seas, the temperate seas and the Red Sea.more
Monastery of Sant Miquel dels Reis (Saint Michael of the Kings), Valencia
The Cathedral of Valencia
Children walking to school in Valencia
The Hemispheric at the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ci ncies (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) by San...
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
The IMAX 3D-cinema L'Hemisf ric.
Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe Felipe Science Museum" is an important visitor attraction in Valencia in Spain. It forms part of the City of... Arts and Sciences. It's director is Spanish science writer and television personality, Manuel Toharia. The building was designed by Santiago Calatrava and was built by a joint venture of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas and Necso. It opened on 13 November 2000. The building is over 40,000 square meters in area and resembles the skeleton of a whale. Everything in the museum is graphically displayed: recent exhibitions have included subjects as diverse as spy science, climate change, the human body and biometrics.more
Juan Ignacio Duato Bárcia, also known as Nacho Duato is a Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer. After a long and successful career, he was... selected by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education as the artistic director of the National Spanish Dance Company in June 1990. In July 2010 Nacho Duato was appointed the artistic director of the ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, effective from January 2011. Nacho Duato studied at the Rambert School of London, Maurice Béjart’s Mudra School in Brussels and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City alongside professional ballet dancer Shaylee Keith. He started his dancing career in Stockholm's Cullberg Ballet and one year later he joined, Nederlands Dans Theater, with artistic director Jiří Kilián and remained with the company for ten years. In 1983 he choreographed the Jardí tancat to music composed by Maria del Mar Bonet. They were awarded with the first prize in the Internationaler Choreographischer Wettbewerb, Köln. In 1988, Duato was appointed steady NDT choreographer together with Hans van Manen and Jiří Kilián.more
José Iturbi Báguena was a Spanish conductor, harpsichordist and pianist. He appeared in several Hollywood films of the 1940s, notably playing... himself in the 1943 musical, Thousands Cheer, and the 1945 film, Anchors Aweigh. Born in Valencia, Spain, of Basque descent, Iturbi studied in Barcelona and at the Valencia and Paris conservatories on scholarship; at this time, he also undertook extensive private studies in keyboard technique and interpretation with the harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. His worldwide concert tours, beginning around 1912, were very successful. He made his American debut in New York City in 1929. He made his first appearance as a conductor in Mexico City in 1933 when presented by impresario Ernesto de Quesada from Conciertos Daniel. In April 1936, Iturbi was injured in the crash and sinking of Pan American Airways' Puerto Rican Clipper in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. After the incident, he said he would not be able to play "for some time", and "I may not be able to conduct again." Later that year, he was named conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in Rochester, New York, serving until 1944.more
Luis García Berlanga Martí was a Spanish film director and screenwriter. When young, he decided to study philosophy, but his true vocation pushed... him to enter in 1947 the Institute of Cinematographic Investigations and experiences in Madrid. In his youth he enrolled in the Blue Division to avoid his father's execution as a Republican politician . His debut as a film director in 1951 was with the film That Happy Couple in which he worked with Juan Antonio Bardem. With Bardem, he is considered to be one of Spanish film renovators after the Spanish civil war. Among his films stand out several unforgettable ones of Spanish film history, as Welcome Mr. Marshall! or The Executioner. He worked on seven occasions with screenwriter Rafael Azcona. Characteristic of his films are their sense of irony and the satires of different social and political situations. During the Franco dictatorship his ability to outwit the censors allowed him to make daring projects such as Miracles on Thursdays. In 1968, he was head of the jury at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.more
Francisco Bosch is a Spanish actor and dancer. He was born in Valencia. His interest in dance began when his grandmother took him to a meeting of... her flamenco group when he was five years old. He began his dance training at Conservatorio Professional de Danza in Valencia and continued study at the Conservatorio de Danza in Madrid then joined Nacho Duato's Compania Nacional de Danza. In 2002, he joined the English National Ballet. He played Bagoas opposite Colin Farrell in the 2004 Oliver Stone film Alexander. Their love scene was cut before distribution, as it was said to be too explicit. The dance scene shown in the movie has been detailed in Suzanne Gielgud's Dancing For Oliver documentary where Francisco is also interviewed. Francisco has also completed filming in the 2006 films Nina's Heavenly Delights and Russell Mulcahy The Curse of King Tut's Tomb TV series. Francisco will appear in the The Magic Flute 2006 adaptation of Mozart's opera by Kenneth Branagh. His next movie project is with Layke Anderson in House of Boys by Jean-Claude Schlim.more
Lucrezia Bori was a Spanish operatic singer, a lyric soprano. Lucrezia Bori was born in Valencia, Spain. Her real name was Lucrecia Borja y González... de Riancho and her family were reputed to be descended from the Borgias. Her voice had a unique timbre and transparent quality unlike any present-day singer. She studied in Milan with Vidal and made her debut at the Teatro Adriano in Rome as Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen in 1908. in 1911 she sang Octavian in the Italian premiere of Der Rosenkavalier at La Scala. Her career at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, where she became one of the great and unforgotten favourites, began during the Met's first visit to Paris, in 1910 . It would last until 1936, although from 1915 to 1921 she stopped singing due to nodes on her vocal cords. She appeared a total of 654 times. She was famous for her portrayals of Manon in Massenet's opera; Mimì in La bohème; Fiora in L' amore dei trè rè; Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande; and Violetta in La traviata. Her farewell gala on 29 March 1936 was one of the great events at the Metropolitan.more
Vicente Martín y Soler was a Spanish composer of opera and ballet. Although relatively obscure now, in his own day he was compared favorably with... his contemporary, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as a composer of opera buffa; in modern times, conversely, he has been called the Valencian Mozart. He was born in Valencia and studied music in Bologna under Giovanni Battista Martini. His first opera was Il tutore burlato , to an Italian libretto adapted from Giovanni Paisiello's La frascatana, which in turn was based on a play of the same title by Filippo Livigni. This was premiered in 1775 at the Teatro Real Coliseo in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, north of Madrid. In 1776 or 1777 the composer had the libretto translated into Spanish and put it into zarzuela form, adding spoken dialogue, as La madrileña, o El tutor burlado. This was performed in Madrid during 1778, by which time Martín y Soler was back in Italy. In 1777, he travelled to Naples, where he composed for the Teatro di San Carlo.more
Enrique García Asensio is a Spanish conductor. In 1970, he was made as Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Madrid Royal Conservatory. He was... the conductor of the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra from 1966 to 1984 and from 1998 to 2001. As of October 2006, he is Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Municipal Symphonic Band of Madrid.more
Dame Ámparo Iturbi Báguena was a Spanish pianist. Ámparo Iturbi Báguena was born in Valencia, Spain, the younger sister of José Iturbi. She gave her... debut concert at the age of 15 in Barcelona. In 1925, she gave her first important concert outside Spain. She played in Paris, at the Salle Gaveau. This was followed by dual piano recitals with José, touring Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, and England. She accompanied the famous Catalan soprano Maria Barrientos. It was not until 1937 she first played in the United States. She had one daughter, also named Ámparo, by a brief marriage. The younger Ámparo led an internationally renowned flamenco troupe and taught dance. Ámparo Iturbi was the pioneer of the Spanish piano repertoire in the U.S. until the arrival of Alicia de Larrocha in 1965. She had guest roles, playing herself, alongside her brother in the following MGM musicals: She was on the soundtrack of Three Daring Daughters . Ámparo Iturbi appeared in films only long enough to play the piano with her brother. Known for their twin piano-playing, the pair appeared on The Jimmy Durante Show in 1955 and on The Bell Telephone Hour in 1962.more