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El Huésped del sevillano

  • 'El Huésped del sevillano' © EFE

    'El Huésped del sevillano' © EFE






Original title

El Huésped del sevillano

Music and a historical setting combine to pay homage to the city of Toledo and the Spanish Golden Age.

This zarzuela in two acts by the composer Jacinto Guerrero was premiered in the Apolo Theatre in Madrid on 3 December 1926. The libretto, in prose and verse, is by Enrique Reoyo and Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena.
It is set in Toledo in the early 17th century, specifically in the context of "La ilustre fregona", one of the "Exemplary Novels" by Miguel de Cervantes. In fact, the guest in Sevillano's inn who gives the play its name is Cervantes himself, a character included in the zarzuela, who recites phrases taken literally from his novel.
As well as the clever and original plot, very typical of the Golden Age (love affairs, kidnapping, revenge, picaresque elements), we have to highlight the splendid music by the maestro Guerrero, including famous pieces such as the popular romance "Canto a la espada toledana", popularly known as "Fiel espada triunfadora".


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