Photo: Plácido Domingo
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo will appear for one night only the role of Vidal Hernando in the zarzuela “Luisa Fernanda” on the stage of the Florida Grand Opera, which has decided to present the well-known Spanish musical genre to kick off its 71st season.
Zarzuela “is a traditional Spanish musical genre that is frequently compared to the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and the Viennese operettas of Johann Strauss,” Domingo explains in the written material prepared by the FGO.
“For most of you, zarzuela is merely a difficult word to pronounce. For me, the word zarzuela represents something very special,” the 70-year-old Madrid native said. “They are the lullabies I heard my parents sing during my first days of life.”
The famous tenor has played the role of Vidal Hernando on many occasions, but he will appear in Miami for only one night at a Special Gala Performance that will include a fundraising dinner to launch this year’s opera season.
“Luisa Fernanda,” by Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982), was performed last Saturday in Miami with baritone Angel Odena in the role of Vidal, and he will continue to appear in that capacity in the coming weeks.
In contrast to opera, zarzuela includes spoken parts, which are interspersed with instrumental and singing portions.