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Los esclavos felices

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Category

Opera

Date

1820

Original title

Los esclavos felices

The genius and precocious talent of Bilboan composer Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga was apparent from his first opera, composed when he was only 13 years old.

The libretto for this opera in two acts by playwright Luciano Comella had already been used by the composer from Navarre Blas de Laserna, who composed an opera premiered in Madrid in 1793.

The company performing this first production of "The Happy Slaves" was the same one that visited the composer’s native Bilbao during its opera days, so the new musical version by Arriaga made referenced to this earlier one.

Years later, during his stay in Paris and not long before he died (from tuberculosis, when he was only 19), Arriaga composed a pastoral overture for the opera, which is the only piece that has been preserved. Its main characteristics are the solid composition technique and a strong command of form.

  

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