Joaquín Espín y Guillén

Born: 3rd May 1812

Died: 24th June 1881

Birthplace: Velilla de Medinaceli, Soria, Spain

Joaquín Espín y Guillén was a Spanish musician, father of opera singer Julia Espín, girlfriend of Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, and one of the pioneers of modern zarzuela. Strong advocate for the creation of a Spanish national opera, partially got premiered in Madrid in 1845 Padilla, or The siege of Medina, sung by the famous tenor Enrico Tamberlick.

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