Gerardo Vera (1947-2020) died this Sunday in Madrid. To his countless artistic contributions in the most diverse fields (film director, art director, stage director, set designer and costume designer) is added his work as manager at the head of this institution between 2004 and 2011; During those seven years he marked important milestones that signified a notable advance in the renewal of the national scene, betting on the new generations both in dramaturgy and direction as well as in scenic arts. He gave us great titles from the national and international repertoire (Valle-Inclán, Brecht, Büchner, Chejov or Shakespeare, among others), giving room in the National Dramatic Center to the new scenic languages. He was also responsible for the opening in 2006 of the second CDN headquarters, the Valle-Inclán Theater, which he would inaugurate with a memorable staging of Divine words.
He received the National Theater Award in 1988 for "his contribution to the development of theater and opera in Spain", and also two Goyas (for best costume design for The love wizard and the best artistic direction for The girl of your eyes). He stood out in the cinema and in the opera, but above all he was a man of the theater, a total creator and a “fundamental reference of our Culture”, as all the voices have described him.
(Photo: David Ruano)