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Oriol Aguilà, new president of Ópera XXI

The decision was announced during the annual meeting and the delivery of the firts Ópera XXI Awards. Oriol Aguilà is director of the Castell de Peralada Festival since 2010 and one of the founding members of the spanish association.


Reunited at the Gran Teatre del Liceu on Thursday, March 21, the Board and Assembly of Ópera XXI, Spanish Association of Theaters, Festivals and Stable Opera Seasons of Spain, it was unanimously agreed to elect Oriol Aguilà as the new president of the association .

Oriol Aguilà has been the director of the Castell de Peralada Festival since 2010 and is one of the founding members of the association of opera houses in Spain. He was director of patronage of the Gran Teatre del Liceu during the reconstruction of the Theater and the first decade of operation of the new Liceu, as well as director of strategy and brand of the Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals.

Aguilà assumes in this way the position left by Francisco Potenciano last December, when he also resigned from his duties as general director of the Palau de les Arts in Valencia. For his part, the position of Secretary, which fell to Oriol Aguilà to date, will be assumed by José Carlos Monforte, new general director of the Valencian Coliseum. The maintenance of the rest of the board ensures the continuity of the Ópera XXI project, which works for the collaboration between the different actors of the national lyric activity.

The meetings of the Board and Assembly coincided with the celebration last Thursday of the award ceremony of the firts Ópera XXI Awards, which awarded some of the main protagonists of the Spanish operatic scene: Josep Carreras and Friends of the Opera of La Coruña ( honorary awards), Mariella Devia (best singer), Guillermo García Calvo (best musical director), Calixto Bieito (best stage director), Mirna Lacambra (best project to promote opera) and Teatro Real (best new production, by Gloriana ) were the protagonists of the evening.