Signature Series

Zarzuela and Tonadilla: Powerful Spanish Dramatic Music Traditions

Boston Lyric Opera presents the Signature Series in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and other Boston cultural institutions. These dynamic programs employ a variety of art forms such as fine art, literature, and music through performance and multimedia to highlight opera’s role in the broader context of art and culture.

Ancient Greek Myth and Opera
Sunday, October 5 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Remis Auditorium

Zarzuela and Tonadilla: Powerful Spanish Dramatic Music Traditions
Wednesday, October 22 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Remis Auditorium

 

Sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council

ArtWeek Boston

Boston Lyric Opera Signature Series in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Zarzuela and Tonadilla: Powerful Spanish Dramatic Music Traditions
Wednesday, October 22 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Remis Auditorium
$28/35 [member/non-member]

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James Myers, BLO Lecturer and Operatic Coach/Pianist
Performers from Boston Lyric Opera

Carmen, Henri-Lucien Doucet, 1884

Carmen, Henri-Lucien Doucet, 1884

Spanish operatic experience became distinctly national following its 17th-century introduction. In contrast with other parts of Europe, opera in Spain was slow to evolve due to an already existing powerful lineage of spoken drama. In time the colorful operetta forms of zarzuela and tonadilla became deeply connected to local roots, ideas, language and dialects, and dynamic Spanish humor. Together we will explore the rich history, individual contributions, and inspired music of these vibrant dramatic traditions. Jointly we will explore visual presentations based on the Museum of Fine Art’s Spanish exhibit, and enjoy beautiful performances by artists from Boston Lyric Opera.