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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Against the long sunset of the second act, their slow-motion traversal of the stage becomes a haunting foreshadow of the penitential season to come.
‘Dona Francisquita’ is laudable but slight
Francisquita rfancisquita along and pretends to accept his proposal, solely in order to make Fernando jealous. 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.
But his musical skills are as slight as the story.
Zarzuela Doña Francisquita at the Gran Teatro Nacional de Lima
However, Aurora will have nothing to do with him. Mail me or visit my Homepage. Francisquita is in love with student and would-be poet, Fernando. Vives ‘ harmonic invention and excellent orchestration are apparent from the outset. A tinker and a pedlar are crying their wares Escena: This page was last edited on 26 Novemberat When Francisquita tries to flirt with Fernando, he ignores her.
But at the conclusion Fernando and Francisquita are finally united and the zarzuela ends happily. Fernando’s friend Cardona urges him toward Francisquita but Fernando is smitten with the actress Aurora.
It was, however, performed in French translation at Monte CarloBrussels and Vichy in and received a major production at Washington National Opera in But it is too late, he is now completely in love with Francisquita.
He first recorded extended excerpts some 35 years previously, and the youthful thrust of that recording is obviously missing here. Somehow, composer Amadeo Vives manages to stretch this slender plot to epic length.
Kraus and Bayo have the bulk of the solo singing, but there is rich support from mezzo Raquel Pierotti as the displaced Aurora and from Santiago San Jerico, whose light tenor contrasts well with Kraus.
At the same time, she must fend off Fernando’s father, Don Matias, who is paying court to her, ignoring the mature charms placed before him by her widowed mother.
Situated in Madrid in the mids, the curtain opens on carnival time. Don Mathias donq realizes he is too old for Francisquita and gives his blessing to the young couple. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
But not least, this is Madrid at carnival time: Act 2 – An esplanade alongside the Madrid Canal. Despite his confused feelings, Fernando convinces Cardona to participate in a farce in which his friend cross-dresses as a woman; the two interact amorously and succeed in making Aurora jealous.
It became very popular, receiving over performances throughout the Spanish-speaking world in the years immediately following its premiere. Francisquita pretends to accept the elderly man’s advances, hoping to make Fernando jealous.
Doña Francisquita, zarzuela in 3 acts
But technically, as well as for completeness and I should not wish to miss a minute of this glorious scorethis recording is streets ahead. 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. Fending off several male admirers, he regrets thinking up such an idiotic ploy to get close to the frandisquita without attracting suspicion.
Francisquita is finally free to dance with Fernando and the act ends as the Mazurca merges into the festive carnival scene. This in turn provokes Lorenzo to fight, but the older man easily defeats him and graciously defuses the situation Solo: It’s a fine example of why zarzuela, a folk opera that has flourished in Spain for three centuries, really doesn’t translate to a non-Latino market.
Last updated February 7th Archived August 22,at the Wayback Machine. Aurora enrages Lorenzo by trying to push Fernando into dancing a Mazurca with her. Cardona appears disguised as a pretty woman. The actress is by now more or less resigned to the inevitable, and happily sings the cheeky Bolero: The two women finally go back into their house, and the cries of the street sellers are heard once again.