La Vida Breve

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Manuel de Falla


Carlos Fernández Shaw


1 April 1913, Nice (Casino Municipal)




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About the opera La Vida Breve

La vida breve (Life is Short or The Brief Life) is an opera in two acts and four scenes by Manuel de Falla to an original Spanish libretto by Carlos Fernández-Shaw. Local (Andalusian) dialect is used. The first performance was given (in a French translation by Paul Millet) at the Casino Municipal in Nice on 1 April 1913. Paris and Madrid performances followed, later in 1913 and in 1914 respectively.
Only an hour long, the complete opera is seldom performed today, but its orchestral sections are, especially the act 2 music published as Interlude and Dance, which is popular at concerts of Spanish music. (Fritz Kreisler in 1926 arranged for violin and piano the dance from this pairing under the spurious title Danse espagnole.) Indeed the opera is unusual for having nearly as much instrumental music as vocal: act 1, scene 2 consists entirely of a short symphonic poem (with distant voices) called Intermedio, depicting sunset in Granada; act 2, Scene 1 includes the above-referenced Danza and Interludio, with the latter ending the scene, i.e. in the opposite sequence to the excerpted pairing; and act 2, scene 2 begins with the a second and longer Danza (with vocal punctuation).
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Roles in La Vida Breve

Salud Soprano
La abuela Mezzo-Soprano
Paco Tenor
Tío Salvaor Bass
Carmela Mezzo-Soprano
Manuel Baritone
Cantaor Baritone
First saleswoman Contralto

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Arias from La Vida Breve

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Vivan los que rien

Opera: Vida Breve, LaComposer: FallaAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Spanish

Roles: Salud
2L'homme qui est ne d'une femme est ne de malheur

Opera: Vida Breve, LaComposer: FallaAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Spanish

Roles: Salud
3Alla esta riyenda

Opera: Vida Breve, LaComposer: FallaAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Spanish

Roles: Salud