from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of Spanish opera having spoken dialogue and usually a comic subject

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short drama with incidental music, like a vaudeville. It is said to have been first introduced into Spain at Zarzuela in the seventeenth century.


Spanish, probably from the Palace of Zarzuela, royal residence near Madrid where it was first performed. (Wiktionary)


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  • De Falla's opera represents an ambitious and technically brilliant development and elaboration of the traditional style of flamenco story-telling called "zarzuela".

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  • The second part was dedicated to Spanish popular genre "zarzuela," a type of operetta, and Latino songs.

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  • His parents were singers, so it meant a lot to him to know my mother sang opera and zarzuela--we have this bond.

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  • But there's no sign of laryngitis in this aria, which is from a little known Spanish zarzuela called "La Taberna del Puerto."

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  • Apparently, the name Torroba and keyword “zarzuela” are not the draws they once were, so LA Opera has decided to alter the name of their upcoming production of Luisa Fernanda to: Placido Domingo in Luisa Fernanda.

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  • There were no significant new works created since the 1950s; existing zarzuela is difficult and expensive to mount, and many classics have been performed only sporadically, by seasons, during only a few days.

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