The Fondazione Mediterraneo granted Mediterranean Award Art and Creativity 2010 to Maestro Roberto De Simone.

Theater director, composer and musicologist, De Simone has given an exemplary contribution to the history of lyric art and of the arts of entertainment, especially as manager of San Carlo Theater of Naples. His primary aim was to valorize and repropose the cultural, theatrical and musical heritage of the popular tradition of Campania, both oral and written. The popular repertoire is not reproposed in an arbitrary way, it rather relies on systems related to culture, such as for instance writing and metrical elaboration.