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García, Manuel del Populo Vicente

García, Manuel del Populo Vicente (b Seville, 1775; d Paris, 1832). Sp. tenor, composer, and singing teacher. Choirboy, Seville Cath., at age 6. Sang in Paris 1808 and 1819–23, Naples 1811–16, creating Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and London 1817–19. Sang Almaviva in première of Il barbiere in Paris, London, and NY. Returned to London 1823, founding singing sch. Est. It. opera co. in NY 1825–6, giving US première of Don Giovanni with da Ponte in audience. Took co. to Mexico 1827–8 where bandits robbed him of all his earnings (some £6,000). Returned to Paris first as a singer, then teacher. Comp. 97 operas. Pupils incl. his daughters Maria Malibran and Pauline Viardot.

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García, Manuel del Popolo Vicente

Manuel del Popolo Vicente García (mänwĕl´ dĕl pōpō´lō vēthān´tā gärthē´ä), 1775–1832, Spanish tenor, teacher, impresario, and composer. He was the first to produce opera in Italian in New York (1825–26) and in Mexico (1827–28). Maria Malibran and Pauline Viardot-Garcia were his daughters. His son, Manuel Patricio Rodríguez García (pätrē´thyō rōdrē´gāth), 1805–1906, left (1829) the operatic stage to teach at the Paris Conservatory (1830–48) and the Royal Academy, London (1848–95). Jenny Lind and Mathilde Marchesi were among his pupils. He invented (1854) the laryngoscope.

See biography by M. S. MacKinlay (1908).

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