Saturday, January 21, 2006
On Friday we were invited by friends of ours (Pedro Delgado and Ludy Blanco) to the theatre. We went to see the most famous Spanish operetta (Zarzuela) called La Verbena de la Paloma, by Tomás Bretón. We hadn't been to the theatre for many years and this was to the beautiful "Teatro de la Zarzuela". The house was full and we were lucky to have a box to ourselves. It was a real change in our routine and we have decided we shall be more theatre minded and go again soon.
This work is set in the Madrid of the 19th century and is a mixture of love, comedy and wonderful music.
Afterwards we went to dinner at the Cenador del Prado nearby. All in all a lovely evening. Now we've got Rome to look forward to - Yes, we are off tomorrow.
(History of the Zarzuela: In 1657 at the Royal Palace of El Pardo, King Philip IV of Spain, Queen Mariana and their court attended the first performance of a new comedy by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, with music by Juan de Hidalgo. El Laurel de Apolo traditionally symbolises the birth of a new musical genre which had become known as La Zarzuela - after one of the King's hunting lodges, situated in a remote countryside thick with zarzas or brambles)
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