La zarzuela y canciones Mexicanas
The zarzuela is a living genre that reflects, in a theatrical and fun way, many aspects of Spanish life; This lyrical genre was born in Madrid in the 16th century as an accumulation of everything Spanish, mainly its characters, parties, customs, anecdotes and literature. Its name comes from the Palacio de la Zarzuela, the place where the first of them was performed.
Sat, July 10, 6pm
Teatro Santa Ana
A scent from Spain … zarzuela
by VICTOR PAGÁN
La Zarzuela is a work with spoken parts and sung parts. Thanks to the venues that were soon created for this popular show: Teatro de La Zarzuela (1856) and Teatro Apolo (1873-1929) -both in Madrid, the important lyrical companies and their numerous tours in Spain and America, the zarzuela was preformed throughout all Spanish-speaking countries, reaching millions of viewers who enthusiastically welcome it. For some it was the recreation of the different types of society, for others the distant memory of the land abandoned for the American adventure or the gift of the Motherland (Spain) to the Overseas lands.
In the first half of the 19th century, the first modern zarzuelas were written with original texts and scores full of Spanish manners. Modern zarzuelas are fun stories that like, because modern Spanish audiences have good taste and enjoy understanding the plot more than just passion for music.
The 19th and 20th centuries were times of great production of zarzuelas in Latin America, especially Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina, where they are frequently performed by theater companies specialized in this genre.
The zarzuela, which was then disseminated through radio, cinema and records, reached all areas of the Spanish-speaking world as a sign of national identity. For all this, knowing today the jewels of the Spanish lyric genre means discovering a beautiful and fun artistic expression, a scent from Spain … the zarzuela.
The concert of Zarzuelas and Mexican Songs compiles some of the most beautiful arias of Zarzuelas and pays tribute to the fusion of cultures that today make up the national identity in Mexico and uses art as the great element of union between Spain and México.