The Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, praised the tenor and highlighted the importance of his international artistic career. The ceremony was held this Tuesday at the Cercle del Liceu Club’s Sala dels Miralls.
The Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias took part in the awards ceremony this Tuesday during which the Cercle del Liceu‘s Gold Medal was handed to the tenor Josep Carreras. The event, which took place in the Cercle del Liceu Club’s Sala dels Miralls, was attended by the President of the Generalitat [regional government] of Catalonia, Artur Mas; the tenor Josep Carreras; the music historian and critic, Roger Alier; the journalist, Màrius Carol; the President of the Cercle del Liceu Club, Ignacio García-Nieto and the Chairman of the Gran Cercle del Liceu’s Board of Trustees, Joaquim Molins.
During his speech, the Mayor praised Josep Carreras the man, whom he described as “an excellent ambassador for our country… [who] has help to raise the profile of our composers and music”.
He explained that “today Josep Carreras is receiving something more than well-merited tribute from the Cercle del Liceu, following an extremely important career as an artist, both internationally and also here”
Music but also solidarity
The Mayor also highlighted the important work being done by the Josep Carreras Foundation, which was set up in Barcelona but enjoys an international scope, “working as you do with intensity and enthusiasm, Josep, you are one of the best examples today of the solidarity side to this city and our country.” He then added that “solidarity spirit and music are two elements that make up the DNA of this city. They are many organisations in Barcelona that are working to help a very broad range of groups”.
A city with musical vitality
Trias pointed out that “Barcelona is also a city with an extraordinary musical vitality, a huge diversity of top-level facilities and well-established music festivals, such as the El Cercle del Liceu, the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Conservatori”.
He underscored how “culture is the soul of this city and a basic tool for creating economic activity and jobs. For Barcelona, culture is a strategic priority” and, as he added, “that is why the City Council is standing by the Liceu, because we believe in it and want it to continue boosting our city as a benchmark in the international music scene”.