José Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830) was a Roman Catholic priest and one of several accomplished Afro-Brazilian composers during the Portuguese colonial period.  Each of his parents was the child of an African slave and a White plantation owner.  Most of his music was liturgical; about 240 works survive.  In 1817 Padre José Mauricio Nunes Garcia wrote Brazil’s first opera, Le Due Gemelle (The Two Twins),which was later destroyed by fire.

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