Where Tomás Bretón’s La Verbena de la Paloma, reissued by Naïve simultaneously with this disc (see page 84), represents the best of Spanish zarzuela’s. Members of the FIU Opera Theater perform Doña Francisquita, a classic of the. WASHINGTON — “Dona Francisquita” is charming and trivial — or, if you prefer, trivial but charming. It’s a fine example of why zarzuela, a folk.

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Doña Francisquita, zarzuela in 3 acts

Fending off several male frqncisquita, he regrets thinking up such an idiotic ploy to get close to the girls without attracting suspicion. It became very popular, receiving over performances throughout the Spanish-speaking world in the years immediately following its premiere. Aurora enrages Lorenzo by trying to push Fernando into dancing a Mazurca with her. Somehow, composer Amadeo Vives manages to stretch this slender plot to epic length.

Doña Francisquita Teatro de la Zarzuela

A tinker and a pedlar are crying their wares Escena: Vives ‘ harmonic invention and excellent orchestration are apparent from the outset. When he took the job, he extracted a promise from the board that he could present one off-the-beaten-track piece of repertory each season.

A further complication to this shifting imbroglio is introduced when Francisquita’s mother is led to believe that Fernando is after her rather than her daughter. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

Beyond a couple of extended arias and a wedding chorus, the music is less complex and extensive than that of a Rodgers and Hammerstein show. He has come not to court the mother, as both initially hope, but the daughter.


The fine singers are all experienced zarzuela performers, from Isabel Monar of Spain in the title role to Cecilia Diaz of Argentina as the fickle actress; from Mexican tenor Alfredo Portilla as Fernando who will be succeeded by Spanish tenor Santiago Calderon in all remaining performances to Emilio Sanchez as his best friend, Cardona, who has a wonderful scene in drag as a buxom man-hunter.

Vives Doña Francisquita

At this point, each character’s actions and interior motives further diverge: Francisquita plays along and pretends to francisquiga his proposal, solely in order to make Fernando jealous. Mail me or visit my Homepage.

She tells him to get lost, and takes out her fury on the hapless Lorenzo. Selected comparisons Vives Dona Francisquita. I walked out unable to recall a single melody. Introspection Late Night Partying.

But at the conclusion Fernando and Francisquita are finally united fracisquita the zarzuela ends happily. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. Act 2 – An esplanade alongside the Madrid Canal. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He tells Aurora that she no longer has any power over him, which at last piques her interest in him.

Cardona tries to make his poetic friend understand that the dropped handkerchief was a sign, and when Fernando hears Francisquita singing inside her house he begins to take the hint Terceto: Skip to main content.

It’s refreshing to see something on the opera stage besides yet another dreary “Traviata. Joan Sullivan’s lighting brings out the glories of the doona — the opera takes place on Mardi Gras — from bright morning to festive evening; and in Act 2, she creates a long, long sunset: Fernando’s passion for Francisquita starts to grow.


Cardona appears disguised as a pretty woman. Francisquita convinces her mother that Fernando really prefers older women, and flatters Francisca into accompanying her. Fernando resolves to make Francisquita believe he is in love with her in order to ignite the flame of jealousy in Aurora. But not least, this is Madrid at carnival time: Last updated February 7th Retrieved from ” https: It was premiered at the Teatro Apolo, Madrid, on October 17, Fernando’s friend Cardona urges him toward Francisquita but Fernando is smitten with the actress Aurora.

Aurora, seeing Fernando is now obsessed with Francisquita, flounces off. Carnival revellers arrive and an impromptu dance is arranged Coro: At the same time, she must fend off Fernando’s father, Don Matias, who is francosquita court to her, ignoring the mature charms placed before him by her widowed mother.

Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. This in turn provokes Lorenzo to fight, but the older man easily defeats him and graciously defuses the franisquita Solo: Act 3, Scene 1 – A Madrid street, later that evening. Franisquita on facebook twitter tumblr. It was, however, performed in French translation at Monte CarloBrussels and Vichy in and received a major production at Washington National Opera in Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music.