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El valle de Andorra

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El valle de Andorra

One of the most successful zarzuelas by the composer Joaquín Gaztambide Love affairs and turns of fate combine in the valleys of the Pyrenees in Andorra.

Premiered in the Circo Theatre in Madrid on 5 November 1852, "El valle de Andorra", by the composer Joaquín Gaztambide and the librettist Luis de Olona, is based on the comic opera in three acts of the same name - "Le val d’Andorre" - by the French composer Jacques Fromental Halévy, to a libretto by the Count of Saint-Georges, which had been premiered in the Comic Opera Theatre in Paris in 1848.
It is a zarzuela with a rural setting, about love. The protagonist, who is loved by three women at the same time, decides to desert the army when he is called up. After many ups and downs - he is captured and condemned for desertion, but then rescued - the opera ends with the traditional surprising ending - maybe inspired by a scene in "The Marriage of Figaro", the comic opera by the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - where love prevails.


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