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
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