Obituary: Former Teatro Real General Director Miguel Muñiz Dies

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Javier del Real)

The Teatro Real’s former General Director Miguel Muñiz has died.

Muñiz, who was the General Director between 2004 and 2012, was born in Orense in 1939 and received a degree in Ciencias Económicas at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and worked in many areas.

In 1982 he was named General Secretary at the Economía y Planificación at the Ministry of Economic and in 1986 became the Presiden at the Instituto de Crédito Oficial where he remained until 1996.

On Sept. 27, 2004, he was named General Director of the Teatro Real. During his tenure, he led numerous initiatives including an audiovisual project and was in charge of releasing the first DVDs from the Teatro Real. He was also in charge of a social project in which he took music to jails and won a medal for his work at the penitentiaries. Muñiz was also the founder of the jazz and flamenco festivals at the Sala Principal and was responsible for the Puertas Abiertas initiative. In all, he helped modernize the Teatro Real.

The Teatro Real paid tribute to Muñiz noting, “With great regret, we have just heard the news that Miguel Muñiz, General Director of the Teatro Real from 2004 to 2012. All our affection to his family and friends.”