Grande Auditório

The Grande Auditório is the largest venue in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. It was inaugurated on October 3rd 1969 with a performance by Gulbenkian's Chamber Orchestra and Choir.


The maximum seating is 1228, front stage and balcony. However, this capability is decreased in case of amplified concerts or usage of the optional stage extension..

This Auditorium is primarily used for symphonic orchestras, chamber orchestras and small group recitals; however – and considering backstage and rigging restrictions – it can house and support theatre plays, dance and opera.

The Grande Auditório is fully equipped for cinema projection and has been used for congresses.

Adjacent to the auditorium are 9 individual dressing rooms, with private WC and live transmission of the auditorium via CCTV. Four of these dressing rooms have pianos.

01_Palco_Varas_e_Canopia-800x500 GA - Instalação para Músicas do Mundo
02_Palco_Negro_com_Cenografia-800x500 GA - Palco cena preta e cenário
03_Palco_Elevador_7_para_Coro_e_Orquestra-800x500 GA - Palco elevador 7 subido para Coro e Orquestra
04_Palco_Elevador_7_Orquestra-800x500 GA - Palco elevador 7 subido para Orquestra
05_Palco_Elevador_7_Liso-800x500 GA - Palco liso com elevador 7 subido
06_Palco_Elevador_3_Arco_janelanoite-800x500 GA - Palco com elevador 5 em arco com cortina aberta
07_Palco_Elevador_3_Arco_cenapreta-800x500 GA - Palco com elevador 5 em arco com cortina fechada
08_Palco_Elevador_3_Arco-800x500 GA - Palco com elevador 5 em arco e elevador 7 subido
09_Palco_Elevador_2_Versao_Recital_Piano-800x500 GA - Palco elevador 2 subido versão recital piano
10_Palco_Elevador_2_Versao_Recital_800x500 GA - Palco elevador 2 subido versão musica de câmara
11_Palco_Elevador_2_Ecra_800x500 GA - Palco elevador 2 subido versão conferência
12_Palco_Cortina_de_Fundo_800x500 GA - Palco liso com cortina de fundo
13_Palco_Cortina_Aberta_Janela-800x500 GA - Palco liso para Coro e Orquestra
14_DSC06215_800x500 GA - Palco versão filme-concerto


  • Total capacity: 1228 seating
  • 1st Stall: 651 seats
  • 2nd Stall: 416 seats
  • Balcony:161 seats
  • Room: 25m x 35m x 8m Área: 875m2
  • Stage (concerts and conferences): 21m x 12,5m
  • Stage (performances): 15m x 12,5m
  • Screen: 16m x 7m / 5m x 4m
Updated on 27 march 2020

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