Welcome to the 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 Suqué Mateu
President of the Castell de Peralada Foundation

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Carmen Mateu

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...

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The Award

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.

Based on the spirit of the Peralada Festival, promoted by Carmen Mateu in 1987, and with the same objective, the Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award, Opera and Dance is established with the vocation of being a leader and cultural reference in supporting creation in these areas.

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.

OPERA
Composer - Stage Designer - Stage Director/Stage Manager - Musical Director - Singer

DANCE
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. 

Second Edition

Carmen Mateu Award

The Second Edition

The Second Edition of the Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award, Opera and Dance, is aimed at the category of opera, specifically at the discipline of composition.

On Friday 27th November 2020, the period for receiving nominations begins, ending on 28th February 2021 at 23:59 GMT.

Prize

The prize will be a total of 30,000 euros gross (subject to applicable tax), for the commissioning of a pocket opera, which will be distributed as follows: (i) the first 10,000 euros will be awarded at the same time as the award ceremony; (ii) the next 10,000 euros will be awarded during the process of creating the work commissioned by the Castell de Peralada Festival, at the time determined by the Festival; and (iii) the remaining 10,000 euros will be awarded when this opera is premiered at the Castell de Peralada Festival. 

Optional workshop on his creative process with the composer Alberto García Demestres.

Specific Terms

The specific rules for this edition of the Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award can be consulted at the following link:

Calendar

27th November 2020

Start of the period for receiving nominations

28th February 2021
End of the period for receiving applications

March 2021
Meeting of the commission of experts to select up to 12 candidates

May 2021
Jury meeting for deliberation and decision

Last semester of 2021
Award ceremony of the second edition of the Carmen Mateu Young Artist European Award, Opera and Dance

Jury

Raquel García-Tomás

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Joan Matabosch

Joan Matabosch

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Josep Pons

Josep Pons

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Diana Syrse

Diana Syrse

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