Antonio García Gutiérrez

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Antonio García Gutiérrez.

Antonio García Gutiérrez (4 October 1813 in Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz  26 August 1884 in Madrid) was a Spanish Romantic dramatist. [1]

Chiclana de la Frontera Municipality in Andalusia, Spain

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Romanticism period of artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that started in 18th century Europe

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After having studied medicine in his native town, García Gutiérrez moved to Madrid in 1833 and earned a meager living by translating plays of Eugène Scribe and Alexandre Dumas, père. Lacking success, he was on the point of enlisting when he suddenly sprang into fame as the author of a play called El trovador (The Troubadour ), which was played for the first time on 1 March 1836. His next great success was Simón Bocanegra, in 1843. His Poesías (1840) and another volume of lyrics, Luz y tinieblas (1842), are comparatively minor, but the versification of his plays, and his power of analysing feminine emotions, have given García Gutiérrez a leading position among the Spanish dramatists of the 19th century. [2]

Eugène Scribe French dramatist and librettist

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Troubadour Composer and performer of lyric poetry during the High Middle Ages

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Although recognized as one of the leaders of the Romantic movement in Spain, his plays were not immediately lucrative, and García Gutiérrez emigrated to Spanish America, working as a journalist in Cuba and Mexico, until 1850, when he returned to Spain. [2]

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Cuba Country in the Caribbean

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Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

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After his return to Spain in 1850, however, García Gutiérrez became known all over Europe through Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore (1853), adapted from El trovador . Verdi then adapted Simón Bocanegra into the opera Simon Boccanegra (1857).[ citation needed ]

Giuseppe Verdi 19th-century Italian opera composer

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<i>Il trovatore</i> opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Il trovatore is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto largely written by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the play El trovador (1836) by Antonio García Gutiérrez. It was Gutiérrez's most successful play, one which Verdi scholar Julian Budden describes as "a high flown, sprawling melodrama flamboyantly defiant of the Aristotelian unities, packed with all manner of fantastic and bizarre incident."

<i>Simon Boccanegra</i> opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Simon Boccanegra is an opera with a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Simón Bocanegra (1843) by Antonio García Gutiérrez, whose play El trovador had been the basis for Verdi's 1853 opera, Il trovatore.

The best works of his later period are a zarzuela titled El grumete (1853), La venganza catalana (1864), and Juan Lorenzo (1865). García Gutiérrez became head of the archaeological museum at Madrid, the city where he died. [2]

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  1. Antonio García Gutiérrez, Andalucía Comunidad Cultural
  2. 1 2 3 Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "García Gutiérrez, Antonio". Encyclopædia Britannica . 11 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 458.
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