Jose Tamayo Rivas


Director-producer-impresario Jose Tamayo Rivas, one of the most important figures in Spain’s legit world, died March 26 after collapsing at the opening of Madrid’s Nuevo Teatro Alcala. He was 82.

He was instrumental in the careers of actors Paco Rabal, Nuria Espert and Mary Carillo and singers Alfredo Kraus, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Montserrat Caballe.

He founded the first of his several companies in 1946 and championed authors not liked by the Franco/Cold War regime, staging such fare as Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Blood Wedding,” Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” Albert Camus’ “Caligula,” Bertold Brecht’s “Mother Courage” and many others.

As director of Teatro Espanol, he staged “South Pacific” and Bizet’s “Carmen.” He also founded Teatro de Bellas Artes and others.

Granada native acted in amateur drama groups after the civil war, then joined the Teatro Universitario Lope de Vega, where he had early successesincluding “Romeo and Juliet.” In recent times, his stagings included “Les Miserables,” with Domingo as co-producer, and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

He is survived by his brother and collaborator, Ramon.

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