Welcome to Carmen Mateu Award
The Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award, Opera and Dance was set up with the aim of keeping our mother’s love for music and dance alive. Those who knew her will testify that her passion for music was an integral part of her existence, and resulted in the creation of this music festival, a major operatic event in the European musical calendar.
With the Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award, Opera and Dance, we aim to recreate the intense activity and heartfelt devotion to both disciplines that Carmen Mateu demonstrated. We are committed to consolidating the Prize as a prestigious cultural reference point in the European sphere, ensuring that young artists gather in Peralada, seeing it as a platform that help them develop their professional career.
Isabel Suque Mateu
President of the Castell de Peralada Foundation
Carmen Mateu, the soul of Peralada
(Barcelona, 19 February 1936 – 24 January 2018)
Carmen Mateu, a major patron of poetry and dramatic arts in Spain, presided over the Castell de Peralada Cultural Association. In 1987, alongside her husband Arturo Suqué, she founded the Castell de Peralada International Music Festival.
From a very young age, the Catalan cultural patron was fascinated by music and art collecting. Her outstanding dedication and contribution over three decades led to great acclaim, including...Read more
The Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award, Opera and Dance, convened by the Castell de Peralada Private Foundation, was created in memory of Carmen Mateu, and celebrates the careers of young artists in the disciplines of Opera and Dance. It also contributes to the development of their careers and promotes both disciplines in the European sphere.
The Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award, Opera and Dance, is part of the Festival de Peralada project, the latter being set up by Carmen Mateu thirty three years ago. The Award aims to be a leading cultural reference point that supports creativity in both fields.
A prize will be awarded in one of the two categories – opera and dance – in alternate years.
In each edition, within the designated category for that year, the Castell de Peralada Private Foundation will decide which person from the disciplines outlined below will receive the prize.
Composer - Stage Designer - Stage Director/Stage Manager - Musical Director - Singer
Company Director - Choreographer - Dancer
The winner will also receive a prize created by the artist Santi Moix, in collaboration with Bagués-Masriera.
You can consult the Terms of the Prize here.
We are delighted to announce that Sr. Plácido Domingo has accepted Castell de Peralada Private Foundation’s invitation to present this Award as its very own Honorary President.