El gato montés

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El gato montés (The Wild Cat) is an opera in three acts composed by Manuel Penella who also wrote the Spanish language libretto. It premiered on 23 February 1916 at the Teatro Principal in Valencia.[1] The opera enjoyed great success in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries and was produced in English as The Wild Cat in New York's Park Theater in 1921 with Penella conducting. According to The New York Times, by the time it had opened in New York, El gato montés had already received 2700 performances.[2]

Interest in the work was renewed when it was revived by the Teatro de la Maestranza in Madrid in 1992. It subsequently received its first performances in the United States in the original Spanish at Los Angeles Opera in 1994 and Washington National Opera in 1996.[3][4]

The first performance in Germany took place at Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in 2018, under the direction of the spanish conductor Rodrigo Tomillo.[5][6]




  1. ^ Alier p. 553
  2. ^ The New York Times (17 November 1921). "'The Wild Cat' at the Park Saturday". Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  3. ^ Rothstein, Edward (27 January 1994). "El Gato Montes; After Seven Decades, a Spanish Opera Regains Its Voice". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  4. ^ Wigler, Stephen (31 December 1996). "Washington Opera's 'El Gato' is powerfully done, until the end". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  5. ^ Codalario. "Y mientras España la zarzuela está en crisis, un director español lleva 'El gato montés' de Penella a Alemania" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  6. ^ S.L., SCHERZO EDITORIAL. "Tomillo y Romero llevan "El gato montés" por primera vez a Alemania | Scherzo". www.scherzo.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-07-15.


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