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Puss in Boots

  • 'Puss in Boots' © EFE

    'Puss in Boots' © EFE






Original title

El gato con botas

Xavier Montsalvatge, one of the most prolific and relevant writers in the 20th century, composed this opera based on the traditional story of "Puss in Boots", compiled and written by the French author Charles Perrault.

It is one of the main pieces by the Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge in his youth. Devised as an "opera of magic and mystery", Montsalvatge wrote the score in four scenes and for five voices (mezzo-soprano, soprano, tenor, baritone and bass). It was premiered in the Gran Teatro Liceo theatre in Barcelona on 10 January 1948.

Despite being a children's story, and that the performance on stage, full of colour and humour, was also suitable for children, Montsalvatge used all the musical knowledge he had for the story. So, the music, which is an orthodox opera, also includes refinement, harmony and beauty, with many ironic elements.


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