Víctor Garcia de Gomar (Barcelona, 1975) serves as the artistic director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu. He has held the position since September 2019 following the agreement of the Theatre’s Executive Committee on 14 January 2019.
Fascinated by the human voice as an instrument, he finished his higher education studies in vocal performance (baritone) and piano at the Conservatori Superior del Liceu. He earned an Honourable Mention from the Conservatory and participated in operas and recitals while also attending master classes taught by Magda Olivero, Joan Pons, Jaume Aragall, Dalton Baldwin, and Kamal Khan, among others. This attraction to the human voice led him to sign deals with renowned orchestra directors and open a new cycle of Grans Veus (Great Voices) at the Palau de la Música, while also offering operas in concert version at the famed venue. Renowned artists such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Cecilia Bartoli, Gustavo Dudamel, Juan Diego Flórez, Piotr Beczala, Philip Glass, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, John Adams and William Christie, among many others, have accompanied him.
Mr García understands that contemporary cultural management requires a dual focus – both artistic and managerial. His life’s work seamlessly merges passion for music and opera, creative viewpoints closely linked to the artist’s reality, with diverse managerial disciplines, including budget management, administrative tools, and team leadership. This combination provides the solid footing needed to give a sense of balance to cultural projects. His training is rounded out with studies in law at the Pompeu Fabra University, a postgraduate degree in institutional, corporate and cultural platform administration and management at the Pompeu Fabra University (1999-2000), a General Management Programme at IESE (2015-2016), as well as studies at the Kellogg School of Management (2018) and the Harvard Business School (2019). His highly flexible and disruptive sensibilities, together with his unique educational background, provide fertile ground for the imagination of a man who both projects and reflects culture.
An avid seeker of stimulating professional challenges, his experience in the public and private sector have enabled him to balance different projects with a noteworthy and renowned contribution to improving entities: the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Auditori de Girona, the Classic Music Festival Nights of Girona, the Baroque Orchestra of Seville, the ”la Caixa” Foundation Music Service, and weekly collaborations on the Catalunya Música broadcast. He has also taught in several Catalan universities and even published a book about musicians’ favourite recordings. His passion for music is what gives natural form and shape to all these projects.
Passion is precisely the singular point where his tremendous skills, expertise and knowledge merge. His desire to participate in new narratives is what drives him to take part in a project that makes opera the richest and most beautiful way to understand the world. Expanding artistic terrain by integrating other disciplines and innovation, he seeks to engage some of the leading names on the international scene while striving to keep the spark that has made Liceu one of our favourite homes in Barcelona and in the world alive and thriving.
With his underlying Mediterranean nature, he remains committed to our era and our audience. His love affair with the Gran Teatre del Liceu started when he attended the theatre for the first time to experience the 200th anniversary of the première of Così fan tutte. This step was merely the first of many that has led him to write the next chapter of this marvellous journey.