Music in Montpellier

​​The capital of Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the most important in the south of France. Renfe's AVE (high-speed) France trains, Alta Velocidad (high-speed) International take you in less than two hours. Enjoy its streets and its music. MontpellierMany French cities like Montpellier have a close relationship with music. 

Its excellent location made the city one of the most prosperous in Europe during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, which led to the creation of the first municipal music bands and a large number of master craftsmen, i.e., luthiers. Nowadays, Montpellier continues to be one of the French cities with the largest number of luthiers, who craft by hand all kinds of stringed instruments, such as violins, violas, cellos or guitars, to name a few. 

Ópera Comédie

Without a doubt, Ópera Comédie is the heart of classical music in Montpellier. Located in Ópera Comédie square and hub of the city centre, this is the building of the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, one of the most prestigious in France. 

Opened in 1755, this Italian-style opera house preserves the splendour of yesteryear with its velvety armchairs and large chandeliers. This is the venue for operas and classical music concerts of the Orchestre National Montpellier throughout the year.  

Another of the city's theatres where a large number of classical music concerts are currently held is Berlioz Opera House, located in the Corum, a multidisciplinary building in the city centre that also houses the city's Conference Hall.

Ópera Comédie, located on the square of the same name

Music festivals

However, not everything is classical music in Montpellier. There are different international music festivals for lovers of all styles across the year. The city hosts the Radio France Montpellier Festival in June, possibly the most important of the year. 

With different music stages spread across the city, music lovers can enjoy all sorts of performances, from opera, symphonic concerts, chamber music, baroque music, jazz to even some great electronic music shows. It is so big that, in recent years, more than 120,000 people have attended its concerts.

Another of Montpellier's most important festivals is the International Guitar Festival, held during September and October. More than 150 concerts, most of them free, quite a treat for guitar lovers to enjoy Montpellier and its surroundings. With its eclectic schedule, it is open to all styles, such as jazz, swing, rock, classical, flamenco or electronic music. During the festival, the city hosts the International Luthier Trade Fair, with more than 60 master luthiers coming from all over the world. 

Travel to Montpellier by train

Just as music must be enjoyed slowly, our goal is to take you to your destination as quickly as possible, while enjoying your favourite music and the landscape on our trains travelling at 300 km/h. 

Renfe's AVE (high-speed) France trains, AVE (high-speed) International travelling between Spain and France make your trip to Montpellier an easy one. You can travel from Madrid, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona or Figueres. You can also travel to other cities in southern France quickly and comfortably in our Alta Velocidad (high-speed) International trains.

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