Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982)
Born in Madrid, Moreno Torroba is often associated with the traditional spanish musical form the Zarzuela. Directing several opera companies, Moreno Torroba helped introduce the Zarzuela to international audiences. In addition to his conducting duties, he composed many works, both in the traditional spanish form, and for the concert hall. He achieved his greatest success in the 1930s with the composition of the zarzuelas Luisa Fernanda (1932) and La Chulapona (1934). He also composed several operas, of which La Virgen de Mayo (1925) and El Poeta (1980) are his best known.
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