La Verbena de la Paloma
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A unique setting of a Zarzuela classic.

Richard Trauber who made the English translation of this work writes: "Spanish operetta is technically older than any other European operetta form, taking its name from the Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid. Zarzuela went through various transformations over succeeding decades, taking on attributes of other European musical-theater forms: Italian grand and comic opera, French opera-comique, operetta, and even revue. Tomas Breton's The Festival of Our Lady of the Dove is widely regarded as perhaps the most perfect of all short zarzuelas. The music heard on this recording is exactly what was heard in 1894, with a very close English approximation to the original Spanish libretto (included). In addition, we have added a typical operetta finale to the work."
Contents:
Tomas Bretón, composer
The Festival of Our Lady of the Dove
Ohio Light Opera; J. Lynn Thompson, conductor

Review:
"Both zarzuelas are sung in English... and make an excellent introduction to the genre. One can easily appreciate the musical delights of the zarzuela... Recorded in performance with plenty of hand-clapping, dancing feet, and vocal interjections to add the atmosphere, this is happy, gutsy, barnstorming show... Give this one a hearty Ole!'" (American Record Guide)
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