Barcelona Festival of Song

Faculty of the Barcelona Festival of Song

The strength of the Barcelona Festival of Song lies in its faculty, a team of internationally recognized performers and researchers of the Latin American and Iberian vocal repertoire. It includes Patricia Caicedo, Lenine Santos, Nikos Stavlas and Walter Clark.


Faculty of the Barcelona Festival of song

The strength of the Barcelona Festival of Song lies in its faculty, a team of internationally recognized performers and researchers of the Latin American and Iberian vocal repertoire.

Soprano Patricia Caicedo


Founder and director of the Barcelona Festival of Song, Patricia is one of the leading interpreters of the Latin American and Iberian Art Song. She has sung in the United States, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Puerto Rico and Latin-America to public and critical acclaim.

As a musicologist, Dr. Caicedo is recognized as a leading expert in the study and performance of the Latin American & Iberian art song. She has published seven books consider reference in the field.

Caicedo has recorded 8 CDs with mainly first-time recordings of Latin American & Iberian Art Songs in Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Quechua, and Nahuatl.

Patricia received her doctorate in musicology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and her Medical Doctor´s degree from the Escuela Colombiana de Medicina.

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Walter Aaron Clark, Ph.D.

Prof. Clark’s specialty is the music of Spain and Latin America, and he is the founder/director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside.

He is the series editor for Oxford University Press’s Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music, editor-in-chief for the Ibero-American area of Grove Music Online, and he also serves on the editorial boards of Revista de Musicología, Monumentos de la música española, and Música em contexto.

He received his doctorate in musicology from UCLA (1992), where he wrote his dissertation under the guidance of the late Robert M. Stevenson.He also holds performance degrees in classical guitar from the North Carolina School of the Arts (B.M.), where he studied with Jesús Silva and performed in a master class with Andrés Segovia; and the University of California, San Diego (M.A.), where he was a student of Pepe Romero.

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Anna Martí Mallorquí

Born in Girona, Catalunya, Anna is a journalist and linguist. She has devoted most of her life to perfect her mother tongue, the Catalan. She has been trained with some of the most important experts in Catalan language achieving the highest degrees of Catalan spoken and written.

Lenine Santos


Born in Brasilia, Brasil, Lenine Santos is one of the best interpreters of the Brazilian art song of his generation. He received his doctorate in voice at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). His dissertation was about the Brazilian Art Song.

Lenine began his musical career at a very young age with the String Orchestra of SESI, studying violin. Later on, he entered the Brasília School of Music where he studied voice. Later on he studied with the well known singer Niza de Castro Tank.

Lenine has several recordings of Brazilian Art Song and is a stable member of the faculty of the Barcelona Festival of Song since 2012. He is a professor of voice at the Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro.

Manuel Ruiz


Manuel graduated from the Conservatory del Liceu in Barcelona obtaining the Piano Honor Award. He currently continues his studies, specializing in piano accompaniment with Àngel Soler and Yiya Diaz.

Manuel is the accompanist of several voice studios, including the one of Enriqueta Tarrés and Meritxell Olaya at the Liceu Conservatory.

He regularly collaborates with the Choir and Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and with renowned singers like Josep Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Ramón Contreras, Carlos Cosias, Rocio Martinez, Joan Martin-Royo, Maribel Ortega, Sergi Jiménez Carreras, Manel Esteve, Indira Ferrer-Morató, Pierfrancesco Fiordaliso (Violin) and Carlos Murias (castanets) .

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Margarida Ullate estanyol

Margarida Ullate y Estanyol is the current director of the are of Sound and Audiovisual, one of the four documentary units of the Biblioteca de Cataluña. She has a degree in Library Science and Documentation from the University of Barcelona. She also studied piano at the Academia Marshall. She has worked in the Bergnes de las Casas Library, the Archive of the Gran Teatro del Liceo and, the Music Department of the Cambridge University Library where she expended nine months. In 1996 she started working at the Library of Catalonia. She is an active member of the Asociación Española de Documentación Musical and the secretary of the National Archives Commission of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives.

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Nikos stavlas, ph.d

Born in Greece Nikos received a PhD in Piano Performance Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London under the supervision of Keith Potter and Andrew Zolinsky. His area of research is Ludwig van, a film and a musical composition on Beethoven by the Argentinian composer Mauricio Kagel.

He has participated in several competitions and won, among others, two first prizes in Pan-Hellenic competitions as well as two second prizes in the G. Thymis Competition, Greece. He has appeared several times as a soloist with orchestras in Greece and Albania, and has given solo and chamber music recitals in Greece, Albania, Italy, Spain, Belgium, USA and the United Kingdom.

He is a member of the faculty of the Barcelona Fetival of Song since 2014. He has several recordings of Latin American and Catalan art song together with soprano Patricia Caicedo.

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Alba guerrero, cantaora

Flamenco singer born in Huelva and settled in Barcelona, Alba received her bachelors and masters degrees at the ESMUC. At her beginnings, she performed at tablaos like El Cordobés, Tablao de Carmen or Tarantos in Barcelona. Currently, she alternates his commitments as a soloist at prestigious international festivals with appearances such as the one made in the film-concert Blancanieves by Pablo Berger together with guitarist Chicuelo.

She started composing in 2010 with the premiere of 7 dias at the DeCajón Festival!. Some of her compositions include And continues with the shows Un secreto a voces, Polifonía jonda y Pa'mi Manuela. Her first album Seda y Esparto was named one of the ten best flamenco albums of 2015.

Her work is based on three aspects: has experience as an interpreter, research and teaching of flamenco. She is the author of the first methodology for the teaching of flamenco, Método de Cante Flamenco Global.


Rosa Montals

Rosa is graduated in Library Science and Documentation from the University School of Library and Information Science of Barcelona, ith piano studies at the Isaac Albéniz Conservatory of Music in Girona and the Higher Conservatory of Music of the Liceo. She is specialized in the treatment and description of printed music. Rosa has collaborated in the organization of the archive of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, has participated in working groups, exhibitions, periodicals and other projects related to musical documentation. He is a member of the Spanish Association of Musical Documentation and, a member of the Official College of Bibliothecaris-Documentalists of Catalonia (COBDC). Since 2006 she is the head of the Music Section of the Library of Catalonia.