Gaspar Villate was a Cuban composer who produced abundant and wide-ranging work, mostly centered on opera. Villate was born in (Havana. After writing the score of Angelo, tirano de Padua, he and his family emigrated to the USA in 1868 when war broke out in Cuba, returning in 1871. He now composed a second opera, Las primeras armas de Richelieu. Sent to Paris to complete his studies, he wrote various contradanzas when he returned.