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  • 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.


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


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  • They’ve been providing us with a wonderfully authentic and historically accurate opera form known as zarzuela since 2006.

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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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  • Of course, the work and production are new to LA, a town where more people have a command of Spanish than Italian, German, or French so in some ways it would seem appropriate to bring a zarzuela such as this out to the West Coast.

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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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