Zarzuelas (a lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes) are common in Spain and its former colonies such as Cuba, but Florida Grand Opera has never performed one. Until now. In anticipation of Luisa Fernanda, the companys first zarzuela and its 2011-12 season opener this November, FGO is hosting a summer-long series that pairs opera experts with screenings of the film version of Luisa Fernanda.
The first, Cine Zarzuela: Wynwood, took place at O Cinema and completely sold out. The next, Cine Zarzuela: Miami Beach, will happen Wednesday at the newly renovated Miami Beach Cinematheque. Hosted by musician Tito Puente Jr. and NBC Miamis Roxanne Vargas, it will begin with strummings from a local Spanish guitarist, followed by a history lesson from an opera expert who will introduce Luisa Fernanda. After the screening, catch a reception with wine and catering from Pollo Tropical. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free with RSVP to email@example.com. Call 305-854-7890 or visit fgo.org.
Wed., July 20, 7 p.m., 2011