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The ÓA Foundation is an organization of a foundational nature with its own legal personality and full capacity to act; it is a non-profit organization and its assets are destined in a lasting way to the realization of purposes of general interest.
The Foundation shall be governed by Law 50/2002, of December 26, 2002, and other legal provisions in force on Foundations, by the foundational will expressed in the deed of incorporation and its Bylaws, as well as by the rules and regulations established by the Board of Trustees for their interpretation and development.
The headquarters of the ÓA Foundation is located at Plaza Pilatos 5, 2º Izq. 41003 Seville (Spain).
The fulfillment of the foundational purposes as well as the interpretation and execution of the foundational will are entrusted to the Board of Trustees, with no other limitations than those established by these Bylaws and by the legislation in force on foundations.
All the positions of its Board of Trustees are free of charge and will be accountable to the Protectorate as established in Chapter III of Law 50/2002, of December 26, 2002, on Foundations and the concordant regulations of RD 1337/2005, of November 11, 2005, which approves the Regulations of Foundations of State Competence.
The Foundation’s purpose is to promote the careers of young singers and lyric professionals, mainly Spanish and Latin American, through scholarships, prizes or study grants, which can be of very different types depending on the type of scholarship holder. Encouraging their training, studies and improvement for their professionalization with all kinds of studies, classes, master classes, courses, etc., as well as preparation of concerts, auditions, performances, trips, lodging, meals, didactic material, etc. In addition, the ÓA Foundation will have as its purpose the dissemination of the lyrical genre, mainly Spanish and Latin American, and its creators, professionals and artists, through all kinds of publications, realization and promotion of concerts, operas, courses, workshops, forums, conferences, exhibitions, seminars, studies, research, recordings of all kinds, etc., as well as public activities aimed at creating, promoting and developing both the repertoire and its artists and professionals, and especially the young scholarship holders of the ÓA Foundation, contributing to their training, professionalization and dissemination throughout the world.
The Foundation will foster relationships and collaborations with individuals, professionals, associations, foundations, companies, theaters, festivals and other institutions that share its interest in opera and artists in the European Union, Latin America and the rest of the world.
Originally from Venezuela, Oscar Martos Hidalgo forged his musical career in the core of the Movimiento de Orquestas Juveniles de Venezuela since 1981, where he later pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Music, mention in Opera, at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Simon Bolivar in the city of Caracas.
His training is complemented from the beginning, immediately joining the circuit of operas, concerts and oratorios throughout the country organized by the maestro Jode Antonio Abreu, to later continue his studies in the United States, landing in Europe in 2004.
The parallelism between opera and business entrepreneurship has led Oscar Martos Hidalgo to direct OCURI HOLDING, a group made up of more than 20 companies dedicated mainly to the industrial, fashion, luxury and communication sectors.
Editor, music promoter and critic. Director and founder of the magazine ÓPERA ACTUAL and Lírica de Barcelona, a musical cycle of Ibero-American singers. Jury of singing competitions such as the Teatro Campoamor Lyric Awards, Opera XXI Awards, Caballé, Manuel Ausensi, Ciudad de Logroño, Callas (Brazil), Zandonai (Italy), Obraztsova (Saint Petersburg), Belvedere (Moscow), Virtual SOI Fiorenza Cedolins, etc. He is also an opera critic for La Razón and ÓA. He has published articles and books on the lyric genre (Salvat, Planeta, etc.), given conferences, university courses and curated exhibitions. He has received scholarships from the Güell Foundation and the CSIC.
Pianist and physician. A student of Marisa Blanes and Carlos Apellániz at the Joaquin Rodrigo Conservatory in Valencia, he received his impulse to the world of vocal accompaniment from Miguel Zanetti. Master in Lied and French Melodie by the Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña under the advice of the specialist Francisco Poyato. He has participated in different cycles and concert halls such as the International Music Week of Denia, Association of Friends of the Opera in Sabadell, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Goethe Institut, ADDA in Alicante and 30th anniversary ÓPERA ACTUAL at the Liceu. In the world of operatic repertoire, she has participated in the productions of Il Segreto di Susanna and La Voix Humaine.
Entrepreneur. Degree in Advertising and Public Relations and studies in journalism, piano and cello. Linked from a young age to the promotion of music and opera for the younger audience, he was the founder in 1997 of Juvenilia, the European association of young friends of opera and a member of the board of Amics del Liceu for more than a decade. His first professional internship was precisely in the magazine ÓPERA ACTUAL, with which he is still closely related as a correspondent in Switzerland and supporting its international promotion. He currently resides in Zurich where he develops his business activity as director of Les Enfants, a creative and communication agency.
Journalist and critic. Graduate in Information Sciences (UAB) Contributor to El País and Babelia, ÓPERA ACTUAL, Scherzo and Revista Musical Catalana. He has worked in Radio Clásica and Ràdio 4 (RNE), Sinfo Radio and Cadena Catalana and has been music critic for Diari Ara and Time Out. He has published, among other books: José Carreras: el placer de cantar ( Ediciones Thor); La música de Benet Casablancas ( Galaxia Gutenberg); Robert Gerhard (L’Auditori) and Isaac Albéniz(L’Auditori).
Lawyer specializing in Corporate Legal Advice and Taxation. He has been practicing law for 19 years and has had his own office for more than 16 years. He has accumulated extensive experience in providing comprehensive advice to small and large national and international companies in the scope of their different businesses in Spain, both in the private sector and before the Administration itself, accompanying each project from its beginnings and performing within each organization positions of maximum trust and high responsibility.
In 1991, ÓPERA ACTUAL decided to embark on the adventure of creating a magazine specializing in Spanish opera, driven by our enthusiasm for a genre that, at that time, rarely had a regular written publication in Spain. From the beginning we had the support of the prestigious Círculo del Liceo, a private club closely linked to the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a Barcelona theater with a great lyrical tradition, in addition to hosting our magazine. Now, building on more than three decades of experience, we want to contribute our efforts to help talented young people.