Master Classes and Gala Zarzuela Concert
in partnership with Florida International University School of Music
In December of 2015, Opera Fusion and the FIU School of Music presented “Viva la Zarzuela.”
TAKE THIS BRIEF ZARZUELA QUIZ:
Which is the correct statement?
Zarzuela is a type of Latin American:
a) musical comedy / vaudeville / operetta as highlighted and chronicled in 1947 by Albert Einstein’s musicologist cousin, Alfred Einstein. It commonly features both spoken and sung portions and often features traditional working class characters.
b) savory seafood dish originally native to Catalonian region of Spain (the area including Barcelona). The dish may contain monkfish, mussels, shrimp, and many other types of seafood along with ground almonds, chorizo, and lots of garlic.
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Answer: If you guessed “both” you are correct!
Zarzuela lends its name to both the seafood dish, and this effervescently cheerful and entertaining musical form, which borrows its name from the old Spanish opera “La Zarzuela.”
We were proud to partner with FIU to explore the musical variety. Placido Domingo and Monserrat Caballe are both quite well known as contemporary artists who have further refined this uniquely Spanish musical art form.
If you love this distinctly refreshing Spanish music, you are sure to enjoy the fresh contemporary moments of our new classic musical drama: Not In My Town, by local composer Michael Ross. This operatic premiere will feature many of the same wonderfully talented singers as performed in this memorable Florida International University concert.