Garcia, Manuel

SINGER, COMPOSER, IMPRESARIO, SINGING TEACHER (SPAIN)
BORN 27 Jan 1775, Sevilla - DIED 2 Jun 1832, Paris
BIRTH NAME Garcia, Manuel del Popolo Vicente Rodriguez
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 25, ligne 01, Q, 22 (intersection div. 24/25/26))

Manuel Garcia appeared as a tenor and wrote light operas from an early age. After appearing in Madrid and Cadiz he performed in the opera "Griselda" in Paris in 1808. He married his second wife Joaquina Sitchez and in 1805 his son Manuel was born. His daughter Maria was born in 1808 in Paris.

In 1812 he went to Italy, where he lived in Naples where he sang in several premieres. In 1816 he visited Paris and London and from 1819 to 1823 he lived in Paris, where another daughter, Pauline, was born in 1821. In 1825 he went to the USA with his company and in New York he introduced Italian Opera to the public, staging a total of about 80 performances. Manuel, Joaquina and their children Manuel and Maria all appeared on the stage. The company performed in Mexico as well.

Garcia planned on settling in Mexico, but political unrest forced him to return to Paris in 1829. There he was welcomed by the public, but his voice had detoriated. He continued his work as a composer and worked as a teacher. He made his last stage appearance in August 1831 and died on 2 June 1832 in Paris.

Family
• Daughter: Viardot-Garcia, Pauline
• Daughter: Malibran-Garcia, Maria Felicità

Related persons
• was teacher to Nourrit, Adolphe

Events
20/2/1816Premier of Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia" at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. It was conducted by Rossini himself. Manuel Garcia was Count Almaviva. Other performers were Bartolomeo Botticelli, Geltrude Righetti-Giorgi and Luigi Zamboni. 

Images

The grave of Manuel Garcia at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2019)

 

Sources
Encyclopedie van de Muziek, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1959
• Gabrielli, Domenico, Dictionnaire Historique du Père-Lachaise, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles, Éditions de l'Amateur, Les, Paris, 2002
Manuel García (tenor) - Wikipedia
The Barber of Seville - Wikipedia


Garcin, Jules

Published: 28 Nov 2020
Last update: 30 Jan 2022