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The musician and writer of Felanitx Joan Círia and the Association of Neighbors of the Vivero presented yesterday the book “Rosa Mestre, an early and pioneer musician”, edited by Barceló Foundation, in “Ses Cases de son Ametler”.
This book is about the old mallorquin possession where Rosa Mestre lived with her husband, the lawyer Baltasar Valentí, and their two children and currently it is waiting to be reconverted by the City Council of Palma into a sociocultural center.
The event was attended by the Alderman of Urbanism, José Hila and the head of the Levante district, Daniel Oliveria, the president of the Association of Neighbors, Rafael García, the musician and writer Joan Círia, the communication responsible of the Barceló Foundation, Neus Riera and many neighbors who met Rosa Mestre, the first and the only Mallorcan woman who has written a zarzuela.
Her famous “Lily”, premiered in 1893 in the Circ-Theatre of Palma, catapulted her to the highest positions of musical composition, a sector reserved only for men until that moment. She was a pioneer artist, early, and she published her first work, when she was 14 years old only.
During the act, Joan Círia thanked its support to the Foundation explaining that “when I finished collecting all the information about the composer, the Foundation was the only entity interested in publishing her story and covered the costs of edition”.
To finish, the Association of “Neighbors of the Vivero”, requested at the administration to put Rosa Mestre’s name on one of the neighborhood’s streets. The president of the Association of Neighbors, Rafael García, said that “a few months ago, the students of Vivero did a work about their neighborhood and they discovered that the 21 streets of the area were named with renowned musicians, such as Beethoven, Mozart or Vivaldi, but none of them had a woman’s name, and that can’t be considered in XXI century”.