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Anna Ricci

Anna Ricci Giraudo
, born in Barcelona in 1930 was one of the most eminent and awarded performers in the field of contemporary music, and during her career she was linked to the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Palau de la Música Catalana, Fundació Miró, Fundació Tapies and the French Institute, among other cultural institutions.

Ricci had one of the broadest repertoire, she could sing from the tradition of the troubadours to the traditional Hebrew music, and was the 'great muse' of the mixed entertainment and unconventional performances that combine music, theater or the cinema, and in this sense her highlights where the collaboration with the poet and playwright Joan Brossa.

Ricci was responsible for the first auditions in Spain of the major avant-garde composers of the twentieth century, as Kage, Berio and Boulez.

Her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in 1959 with the Role of the 'musician' in the opera Manon Lescaut and excelled in the interpretation of Venus in Wagner's Tannhauser in 1961, which is generally reminded as "a memorable creation."

Other great interpretations where in Treni, by Stravinsky, with the orchestra of the RAI, her collaboration with Diabolus in Musica (1981) and the spectacular Elsa by Gabrieli (1984) and in the "Songs for mezzo-soprano", written by Theodorakis in front of the OCB (1987).

Anna Ricci received in 1998, the National Music Prize from the Catalan Government for her "exemplary career and her compromise and diffusion in the interpretation of the Catalan contemporary music, culminating with an intense artistic activity in 1997."

The Jury specially emphasized her contribution at the 9th Catalan Contemporary Music Festival in which Ricci played three works by Manuel Blancafort, premiered for the centenary of the Birth of the composer.

In the summer Greek festival 98, Ricci recovered Jewish tradition and Sephardic music in a recital at the Barcelona Convent of St. Agustí, in the corner in Sepharad, the old Sephardic Spain.

The Government also gave her its maximum award, the Cross of St. George in 1999.