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Opera, Zarzuela



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The opera started out as a zarzuela, and is one of the most popular and most often staged of all Spanish operas.

Initially, ‘Marina’ was a zarzuela, composed by Emilio Arrieta with the libretto by the playwright, Francisco Camprodón, and received its première in Madrid in 1855. The Italian tenor, Enrico Tamberlick, suggested to Arrieta that he made it into an opera.

It was eventually staged as a three-act opera, with the libretto altered by the playwright Miguel Ramós Carrión. Arrieta added two duets and a final rondo. It has really popular melodies, such as the habanera ‘Dichoso aquél que tiene’ and the aria ‘Costas las de Levante’.

The opera is in the style of Donizetti, set in a traditional coastal town, Lloret de Mar in Girona, as the scene for a love story. Alfredo Kraus and Jaume Aragall are two of the tenors who often sing in it.


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