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Amadeo Vives

  • The composer Amadeo Vives attending a rehearsal in Madrid © EFE

    The composer Amadeo Vives attending a rehearsal in Madrid © EFE



Opera, Zarzuela



Date of birth

Nov 18, 1817

Date of death

Dec 2, 1932

" Composer. Author of such well-known zarzuelas as 'Doña Francisquita'. He also wrote several essays on musical aesthetics, and was co-founder of the Orfeó Català choir."

He was born in Collbató (Barcelona) in 1871. At the age of 11 he joined the choir of the Gran Teatro del Liceo theatre and studied harmony and composition with José Ribera. After several years in Toledo, where he composed various of his works, he returned to Barcelona where he took on the post of chapel master in the church of San Juan de Gracia. Together with Lluís Millet, in 1891 he founded the Orfeó Català choir, with whom he produced several of his own choral compositions. His first opera was staged in 1895. He died in Madrid on December 2, 1932.

Essential works

  • 'Doña Francisquita' © EFE

    Doña Francisquita

    One of the most important successes in the history of zarzuela. This magnificent zarzuela by the Catalan maestro Amadeo Vives has been performed thousands of times.

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    La Balanguera

    Versión cantada de un poema de Joan Alcover elevada a himno de Mallorca.

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    This opera, the second great mainstay in the career as a composer of the maestro Amadeo Vives, is one of the most outstanding pieces in Spanish opera.

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