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A journalist and cultural arts manager specializing in music and the scenic arts, Carlos Forteza’s profile combines technical management with an arts background.
Born in Palma in 1975, Forteza has a solid track record in the cultural arts world and has been involved in management, production, coordinating international tours, hiring artists, programming, communications and sponsorship within the sector. He has first-hand experience in the many processes that combine to accomplish the artistic act in all aspects of the scenic arts —music, theatre, dance and circus— whether controlled by private companies, or local or central government agencies.
Forteza has a degree in Journalism from the Universidad San Pablo CEU in Madrid, having completed his final year at the European School of Economics in Rome. His first professional work was as a journalist for the Diario de Mallorca and at the Agencia EFE. Following a period with the Sol Meliá Communications Office, Forteza returned to journalism as head of El Cultural del Mundo magazine’s music section. He remained in the post for more than six years, where he was able to broaden and structure his knowledge of classical music and opera, by-lining more than 500 articles, reports and interviews, and forging networks with all the agents concerned with these fields of artistic expression.
In 2006, Forenza joined the Consorcio para la Promoción de la Música de A Coruña (A Coruña Consortium for the Promotion of Music) as associate manager, and then as associate artistic director of the Festival Mozart, also in A Coruña. From 2009 to mid-2016, he was a consultant and director of communications in the director general’s office of the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM), the Spanish Ministry of Culture agency responsible for public policies to foster and promote the scenic arts. During this period, he was instrumental in statutory reform and the introduction of best practice policies into the INAEM’s arts centres, the development of a new funding model for the sector, the creation of several programmes designed to invigorate the cultural arts industry (GPS and PLATEA), the initiation of the Consejo Estatal de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (National Council for Music and the Scenic Arts) —the participation and consultation body of the INAEM— in addition to coordinating state-run companies and entities such as the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España (Spanish National Orchestra and Spanish National Choir), the Teatro de la Zarzuela (Zarzuela Theatre), el Centro Dramático Nacional (Spanish National Drama Centre), the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico (Spanish National Classical Theatre Company), the Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spanish National Dance Company) and the Ballet Nacional de España (Spanish National Ballet).
In May 2016, Forenza became the managing director of the Teatre Principal, having been successful in a tender process called by the Departament de Cultura, Patrimoni i Esports del Consell de Mallorca.