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Aleix Palau | 29 July 2022

L’Auditori regains its audience numbers and builds on its artistic commitment during the 2021-22 season

L’Auditori closed the 2021-22 season with a total of 489 concerts attended by 280,871 people. The season, which featured concerts by Spanish and international performers and ensembles, represented a gradual return to normality, with the elimination of social distancing requirements and masks for both audiences and musicians. The 2021-22 season also marks the end of Kazushi Ōno's tenure as principal conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and it has been announced that Ludovic Morlot will be taking over from him.

L’Auditori regains its audience numbers and builds on its artistic commitment during the 2021-22 season

Key statistics for the 2021-22 season
Number of concerts during L’Auditori’s 2021-22 season: 489
Number of attendees: 280,871
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) concerts: 74
Number of attendees at Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) concerts:69,507
Barcelona Symphonic Band concerts: 25
Number of attendees at Barcelona Symphonic Band concerts: 16,965
Educational Project concerts:248
Number of attendees at Educational Project concerts: 99,318

New works
World premieres: 15
National premieres: 14
New commissions: 20
In-house projects: 32


The 2021-22 season formed the second part of an artistic trilogy by L’Auditori’s director, Robert Brufau, based on a three-stage lifecycle: genesis (2020-21 season: Creation), development (2021-22 season: Love and Hate) and conclusion (2022-23 season: Death or Return).

A total of 489 concerts were held at L’Auditori, 409 of which were in-house productions while 69 were by external producers. The concerts were attended by 280,871 people, 175% more than the previous season.

During the 2021-22 season, L’Auditori explored the themes of love and hate through music, with audiences enjoying performances by a wide range of soloists and conductors including Evgeny Kissin, Julia Lezhneva, Alondra de la Parra, Juanjo Mena, Denis Khozhukin, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Ian Bostridge, Xavier Sabata, Nicola Benedetti, Jordi Savall, Annette Dasch, Núria Rial, Kian Soltani, Siobhán Stagg, Thomas Adès and Nicolai Lugansky.

L’Auditori has also strengthened its commitment to gender equality, inviting seven women conductors and showcasing women composers such as Lili Boulanger, Sofia Gubaidulina, Andrea Tarrodi, Betsy Jolas, Raquel García-Tomás, Mariona Vila and Kaija Saariaho. In the field of new musical works, this season's guest composers were Bernat Vivancos and Joan Magrané and the programme for the season included 15 world premieres, 14 national premieres, nearly 20 commissions and 32 in-house projects. Highlights of the programme included the widely acclaimed Festival Llums d’Antiga, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra's (OBC) Rachmaninoff Festival and Festival Emergents.

L’Auditori was visited by major international orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Vienna, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart Symphony Orchestras, with their principal conductors: Valéry Gergiev, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Ádám Fischer and Teodor Currentzis.

The season’s modern music repertoire, which triumphed with audiences, included concerts by The Kings of Convenience, The Divine Comedy and Tarta Relena.

Cantania Clara: L’art per dins, composed by Josep Maria Guix, was the centrepiece of L’Auditori’s Educational Project, with 26,685 singers, 39 concerts and 40,398 attendees. Cantania, a project run by L’Auditori, has been performed in various different places in Catalonia and Portugal, bringing together over 40,000 children from 1,500 schools and audiences of 70,000 people.

Meanwhile, the Museu de la Música received 34,183 visitors. From this season on, the museum’s new director is Jordi Alomar.

More than 6,200 people with disabilities or who are at risk of social exclusion visited L’Auditori during the 2021-22 season, thanks to the Apropa Cultura programme, attending both live and streamed concerts and workshops. The total number of attendees through the Apropa Cultura project was over double that of the previous season, returning to pre-pandemic figures.
The group that saw the biggest increase in size was made up of dependent or socially isolated elderly people, with nearly 1,600 attendees, 1,200 more than last season. This season's programme focused on this issue through the #MaiSoles awareness-raising campaign and a number of specific projects for people in this situation.

Some thirty concerts were streamed on the L'Auditori Digital platform, now renamed L'Auditori Play. A new recording strategy was also introduced during the 2020-21 season, based on three types: the first focusing on composers, the second on heritage, and the third on recording the complete works of Maurice Ravel to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth. The recordings made this season included works by composers such as Bernat Vivancos, Hèctor Parra, Pablo Carrascosa, Miquel Oliu and Cassandra Miller.

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