The president of the Teatro Real, Gregorio Marañón, has collected this Wednesday, October 6, the Madrid of the Year Award, in its first edition, praising the capital of Spain by recognizing that it does not know “any more open city.”

“The greatness of Madrid is characterized by not distinguishing its citizens by their place of origin. All those who come here are from Madrid, their origin being irrelevant and I do not know a city more open than ours: the reception is instantaneous,” he said. Marañón when collecting the award, visibly excited.

The event, organized by the Sganmedios group, was held in the Teatro Real’s Ballroom and was delivered by the Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez.Almeida. The winner’s gloss was given by the former Minister of Culture, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo.

Marañón has also had words for the Royal Theater, being “aware that this award is for the march” of the Madrid coliseum. “When I first assumed the presidency in 2008 a very hard crisis began and now in my re.election the pandemic has crossed. But I have always believed that adversities in life stimulate our spirit of improvement,” he said.

Precisely, that work at the head of the Royal Theater has been valued by Almeida, who has described Marañón as “a generous man, with an open spirit and a liberal spirit.” “The Royal Theater has been a symbol of the pandemic: despite the drama and tragedy in this city, the Royal Theater was able to open to send a message to the world and to all of us who lived in this city,” he pointed out.

For his part, Méndez de Vigo has humorously highlighted the figure of Marañón – remembering that he comes from a generation of ‘Madrileños’ with his parents and grandparents. “It is a fair award and see that it is difficult to be born in Madrid. But you are from Madrid because you feel it, not because you are born,” he stressed. He has also praised his work at Real “in such difficult circumstances.” “Madrid has been a showcase for many and in this house you have managed to maintain great names in music,” he indicated.

The jury has been made up of Ladislao Azcona, president of Tressis and Estudio de Comunicación; Javier Vega de Seoane, president of DKV; Asís Martín de Cabiedes, president of Europa Press; Eduardo López.Puertas, General Director of IFEMA; Luis Villarejo, sports director of the Efe Agency; Eduardo Curras, General Director of Banco Sabadell Madrid y las dos Castillas; Alejandro Peón, CEO Prisa Noticias; Bernardo Gutiérrez de la Roza, CEO of the ONTIER law firm; Xandra Falcó, president of Círculo Fortuny; Ángel Asensio, president of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce; Rosa Menéndez, President of the CSIC; Alvaro Rengifo, trustee of Amref Africa (Princess of Asturias Award); Ximena Caraza, general director of the Casa de México in Spain; Jesús Martínez de Rioja, journalist, and Pedro Blasco, director of ‘Vivir Madrid’.


Gregorio Marañón joined the Board of Trustees and the Executive Commission of the Teatro Real in 1995, when the Foundation was established. In 1996 he resigned, being appointed as a new trustee and member of the Executive Committee in 2004. In December 2007 he was elected president of the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee, being re.elected in 2012, 2018 and 2021.

Full member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando and of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, he chairs the Ortega.Marañón Foundation and the Abbey Theater. He is the patron of the National Library, the Real Alcázar of Seville and the Town Hall, the National Historical Archive of Nobility and the Army Museum.

He is president of Logista and of Air City Madrid Sur. He chairs the board of directors of Universal Music Spain and is a member of the board of directors of Patrimonio Nacional.

Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Castilla.La Mancha, he is in possession of the Grand Cross of Alfonso X the Wise, the Gold Medal of the Community of Madrid and the Gold Medal of the Madrid City Council, among other decorations.

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