The figurine designer and costume designer for theater and opera María Araujo, considered one of the most important in Spain, has died at the age of seventy in Barcelona, where she lived and was hospitalized for a few days.
The Gran Teatro del Liceu, through its Twitter account, has released the news and recalled that Araujo had debuted at this institution with «Jo, Dalí», in the 2011-2012 season, and was subsequently in «La voix humaine / Una voce in off», in 2014-2015.
Born in La Aldea de San Nicolás (Gran Canaria) in 1950, she had been residing in the Catalan capital for decades and had worked with numerous stage directors for over three decades, such as Mario Gas, Josep Maria Pou, Xavier Albertí , Josep Maria Mestres or Natalia Menéndez.
She was awarded four times by critics in Barcelona, obtaining in 1999 the Max Prize for Spanish Performing Arts for «Amadeus», while in 2008 she won the ADE Figurine Prize for «Tío Vania» and in 2009, the Gran Vía Prize Musical Theater for its design in «Sweeney Todd».
Also, a year later he won the ADE Figurine Award for “The Art of Comedy.”
He had also designed the costumes for the opening show of the new stage of El Molino.
As soon as his death was known, the world of the performing arts wanted to remember a figure, “with a long and recognized career”, as the Theater Lliure points out from his twitter account, while an actor like Ivan Benet remembers his work with her in “Amadeus” at the Teatro Tívoli, in 1998, her “delicacy of treatment and spectacularity in equal parts”.
Some 1,133 of his figurines are preserved in the Museum of Performing Arts. .