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Encyclopedia > Francisco Asenjo Barbieri

Francisco Asenjo Barbieri (1823-1894) was a well-known composer of the popular Spanish opera form, Zarzuela. His works include: El barberillo de Lavapiés, Jugar con fuego, Pan y toros, Los diamantes de la corona, and El Diablo en el poder. Zarzuela (IPA /θarθwela/ in Spain, /sarswela/ in the New World), also called sarswela in the Philippines, is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating dances. ...

He was born and died in Madrid, appropriately, since the themes are characters of his operas are often distinctly Spanish and Madrileñan. Among the characters featured by Barbieri are bullfighters, manolos and manolas, and even (in Pan y toros) the famous Spanish painter, Francisco Goya. Location Coordinates : 40° 23’N , 3°43′0″W Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Villa de Madrid (Spanish) Spanish name Villa de Madrid Founded 9th century Postal code 28001-28080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 91 (Villa de Madrid) Website http://www. ... Goyas self-portrait Goya redirects here. ...

The character of much of Barbieri’s work is farcical, utilizing mistaken identity and other devices to entertain the audience. His themes deal largely with the ins and outs of love, and the relations between the upper and lower classes in nineteenth-century Spain, but there is also a distinct political character to much of his work. The zarzuelas Barberillo and Pan both contain plots to overthrow the government.

In addition to his compositions, Barbieri was also an accomplished musician, and was the founder of La España Musical, a society for the promotion of Spanish operetta, and the Society for Orchestral Music. Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ...


Webber, Christopher. The Zarzuela Companion. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2002.

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