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Davide Livermore, mayor of the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, resigns by the government's obstacles

The Italian artist wonders whether the Generalitat wishes consciously or not the closing of the operatic Coliseum

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Davide Livermore, mayor of the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, resigns by the government's obstacles

The Intendant-artistic director of Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía de València, artist Davide Livermore, has given up this Tuesday to his position in front of Coliseum for administrative obstacles of Generalitat Valenciana, which make "unviable task for which "I was hired", he said in a public appearance, surrounded by employees and collaborators of cultural site-among m, tenor Plácido Domingo-, who have applauded his words on several occasions.

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The artist Turin has emphasized that it does not leave by pressures in its management, which has always exerted "freely" both with current government of Generalitat as with previous one, neir for budgetary matters, but for administrative reasons that lead to A situation he doesn't want to be an accomplice to.

According to well-known scenographer, trigger of his resignation has been draft audit of supervisory bodies of Generalitat Valenciana, which depends on Palau de Les Arts, on management of enclosure in 2016. Livermore has pointed out that little more or less report says "that what we have done with hiring of singers does not respect law."

The mayor resigned, who has paid from his pocket rent of room of Palau where he has appeared before media, has regretted that Generalitat has not found in two years way to make compatible his responsibility in Valencia with his I work as a set designer in or international venues.

The artist considers it impossible to recruit international artists under criteria of public sector, because one cannot demand that a first figure like Plácido Domingo is presented to an audition to prove its merits. He has also criticized lack of will of Valencian administration to provide a stable workforce to prestigious orchestra of Palau de Les Arts. "In 2017 we have submitted 58 requests for recruitment and have only been answered to 14", Livermore lamented.

"I don't know if re is a desire in background," conscious or not, to close Palau de Les Arts, has emphasized exdirector and n add: "Culture, art, can not be classified as merchandise of a supermarket line", emphasised Italian artist , who has again insisted on efforts made by his team so that operatic enclosure is opened to Valencian society in general and is not considered an elitist space.

The resignation of Davide Livermore coincides with plans of Generalitat to change statutes of Les Art; In fact, intention of Valencian administration, as it has done with or public cultural venues such as VAT, is to elect next director of Palau through a public contest of merits.

The cascade of statements related to Quartermaster's march is not over. The regional secretary of Culture of Generalitat Valenciana, Albert Girona, public office to which Livermore has communicated his resignation, will appear in something more than an hour to discuss resignation of intendant.

Livermore agreed to office of Mayor of Les Arts on January 26, 2015 in substitution of Helga Schmidt, due to judicial investigation open on management in front of Valencian Opera of Austrian leader, who will sit in dock of defendants Next year. The investigating magistrate of case has opened oral judgement against Schmidt and four ors imputed, for crimes of embezzlement of public and prevarication flows, in addition to documentary falsehood.

Stage Director, Scenographer, costume designer and lighting, singer, dancer, actor, scriptwriter and pedagogue are some of facets that artistic manager of Palau de les Arts has developed in his more than 22 years of career, during which he has Sung in main opera houses of world with artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Josep Carreras, Zubin Mehta, Mirella Freni, Luca Ronconi, Andrei Tarkovsky or Zhang Yimou. A trajectory that has consolidated so much in main stages of continent as in small atres of its native Italy.

Since 2002, Livermore is artistic director of Teatro Baretti in Turin, where he is dedicated to experimental musical atre, a work he combines in this same city with his teaching work at School of Arts of Teatro Stabile, according to information of website of Les Arts.

As stage director he has worked for main Italian atres: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Regio of Turin, San Carlo of Naples, Carlo Felice of Genoa, La Fenice of Venice, as well as for Rossini Festival of Pesaro.

Outside of his country has been required by operas of Philadelphia (United States), Montpellier and Avignon (France), in addition to Bunka Kaikan of Tokyo and Seoul Arts Center. In Spain he has presented his productions in Opera a Coruña, Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao and Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.

Reaction of Consell

The vice-president and spokesman of Consell, Mónica Oltra, has secured this Tuesday after plenary of Valencian Government and on announced resignation of Davide Livermore in front of Palau de les Arts, that season is "guaranteed" and has grateful to so far Maximum responsible for Colosseum its work and "professional quality".

Oltra has been in favor of waiting to hear reasons of intendant of Palau to leave office in front of Coliseum. Asked wher re is a lack of support from Consell, Vice-President underlined that Generalitat is "absolutely committed" to it and, on or hand, has criticized lack of a "greater support" of central executive.

Oltra has shown his respect for figure of Livermore and his professional ability, and has considered "prudent" to wait for his explanations, although he pointed out that, if resignation is finally confirmed, it will be accepted because that decision "is part of freedom of each" .

In any case, he has pointed out that season "is guaranteed" and has stressed that "soon" Generalitat will approve new statutes of Les Arts "following or models such as Royal Theatre of Marid or Liceu of Barcelona" and with m and according to what Establish, new policy structure will be chosen.

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