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Joan Matabosch replaces Gerard Mortier appointed artistic director of Teatro Real

He replaces Gerard Mortier, former director of Paris Opera and the Salzburg Festival, who is currently receiving treatment for cancer. This is  a six-year term with immediate effect, initially expected to remain as the company’s artistic director until 2016, Mortier has recently criticised its management for focusing on a Spanish appointment rather than extending its search to international candidates.

Presently artistic director of the Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, a position he has held since 1996, Matabosch has earned a reputation for the promotion of 20th century composers, collaborative projects with leading theatres and audiovisual technology. He has been president of Opera Europa since September 2008 and is a frequent judge on international competitions. He will continue to provide leadership for the Gran Teatre del Liceu until a suitable replacement is found.