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Composer: Penella, Manuel (1880-1939)

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Year of birth1880
Year of death1939
NationalitySpain
Period20th century
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ValenciaLa malquerida

La malquerida
Penella: La malquerida
Santiago Serrate; Emilio López; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Nathalie Deana; Gabriela Salaverri; Cantantes del Centro Plácido Domingo; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
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Elina Garanča thrills in concert at the Barbican

©  Paul Schirnhofer
As crowd-pulling operatic divas go, most of the attention goes to the sopranos. But a select number of mezzos have the same kind of following, and Latvia's Elina Garanča is high on that list. There are just a few roles where the mezzo is the main character of the opera (many of the others are "witches and bitches", as Garanča puts it), and the big one of those is Carmen.
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La Malquerida: zarzuela bien hecha

La Malquerida en los Teatros del Canal © Jaime Villanueva
Los Teatros del Canal triunfan en la reposición de La Malquerida, zarzuela de Manuel Penella basada en la obra de Jacinto Benavente.
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