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Miguel Muñiz, former director general of the Royal Theater, dies

The former director of the Teatro Real, Miguel Muñiz, has died this Monday in Madrid at the age of 82 , as reported by the Madrid Coliseum, which has mourned the loss of the person who held this position from 2004 to 2012.

Born in Orense in 1939, Muñiz was Degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid and in his long professional career he was linked to various institutions and public and private companies .

In 1982 he was appointed Secretary General of Economy and Planning in the Ministry of Economy and Finance and in 1986, President of the Official Credit Institute (ICO), a position he held until 1996. He formed part of the National Institute of Statistics and Telefónica , where he was framed in its study office, in a first stage, and later in its Executive Committee.

Initiatives to modernize the Royal Theater

On September 27, 2004 he is appointed general director of the Teatro Real , position he would hold until 2012. Under his mandate, initiatives were carried out such as the launch of the Last Minute Entries , the Audiovisual Project and the first recordings of opera on DVD, the Social Project -whose initiative of music in prison, obtained the Penitentiary Social Merit Medal two consecutive years-, the creation of the jazz and flamenco festivals in the Main Hall or the first days of Open Doors, to name just a few actions. All of them “contributed to modernize and promote the opening of the Royal Theater” , as highlighted by the institution.

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In this context, the current president of the Teatro Real, Gregorio Marañón, has assured that had known Muñiz for “many years “and in 2004 he proposed the then Minister of Culture Carmen Calvo as general director. “He retired in 2012 having performed an extraordinary job in the difficult times of the 2008 economic crisis. In addition to being a very good professional, as he had shown in the presidency of the ICO, Miguel has been an excellent person”, he stressed.

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