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Luis Mariano de Larra

  • Luis Mariano de Larra © Colección Gasca/Iberfoto

    Luis Mariano de Larra © Colección Gasca/Iberfoto






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" Civil servant, journalist and playwright. Son of the famous novelist Mariano José de Larra. His collaborations with the composer Francisco Asenjo Barbieri were extremely famous."

Born in Madrid in 1830, he worked at the Ministry of Public Works and collaborated with different press publications. He was editor of La Gaceta de Madrid, a post he left to dedicate himself to literature. He wrote many plays, the most successful being La oración de la tarde. He was also renowned as a zarzuela librettist, especially for two with music by Francisco Asenjo Barbieri: El barberillo de Lavapiés, which premiered at the Teatro de la Zarzuela on 18th December 1874, and Chorizo y Polacos, premiered at the Príncipe Alfonso Theatre on 24th May 1876. He died in 1901.

Essential works

  • «El Barberillo de Lavapiés». Teatro de la Zarzuela © Ministerio de Cultura

    El Barberillo de Lavapiés

    The vibrant music composed for this zarzuela by the composer and maestro Francisco Asenjo Barbieri combines splendid orchestration with the popular and folk substratum of traditional Madrid.

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Other highlighted works

  • Chorizos y polacos
  • La conquista de Madrid
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