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

But not least, this is Madrid at carnival time: All is resolved after a series of misunderstandings and machinations involving Cardona disguising himself as a woman; Aurora’s lover, Lorenzo Perez, challenging Fernando to a duel; and rumours that Fernando plans to marry Francisquita’s mother to the subsequent horror of Don Mathias.

Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever francisquitaa. The production, which is shared with the Teatro Lirico Nacional de la Zarzuela of Madrid and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, is a handsome thing, with an elaborate set somewhat cluttered with pillars by Ezio Frigerio and beautiful costumes by Franca Squarciapino.

At this point, each character’s actions and interior motives further diverge: Fernando resolves to make Francisquita believe he is in love with her in order to ignite the flame of jealousy in Aurora. Last updated February 7th Cardona and Fernando hear the wedding party of their student friends coming towards the church accompanied by a rondalla of bandurrias and guitars Coro: 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: Joan Sullivan’s lighting brings out the glories of the day — the opera takes place on Mardi Gras — from bright morning to festive evening; and in Act 2, she creates a long, long sunset: Don Mathias eventually realizes he is too old for Francisquita and gives his blessing to the young couple.


Cardona appears disguised as a pretty woman.

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. Act 3, Scene 1 – A Madrid street, later that evening. A tinker francisqita a pedlar are crying their wares Escena: Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.

‘Dona Francisquita’ is laudable but slight – Baltimore Sun

It became very popular, receiving over performances throughout the Spanish-speaking world in the years immediately following its premiere. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. The brief Preludio paints a vivid picture of the lively street scene.

Introspection Late Night Partying. His friend Cardona takes him to task and suggests that he would be happier with her than Aurora. Distant sounds of night revelry are heard as francisuita night watchman does his rounds Preludio: The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. But it is too late, he is now completely in love with Francisquita.

FIU Sings! Doña Francisquita – School of Music

He first recorded extended excerpts some 35 years previously, and the youthful thrust of that recording is obviously missing here. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Fernando’s passion for Francisquita starts to grow. Skip to main content. A further complication to this shifting imbroglio is introduced when Francisquita’s mother is led to believe rona Fernando is after her rather than her daughter.


Stage director Emilio Sagi managed to keep the action moving around the pillars, but his finest touch was with frahcisquita masked players of Mardi Gras who float in and out of the action. He tells Aurora that she no longer has any power over him, which at last piques her interest in him. He sings of being torn between the two women in a celebrated Romanza: In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

The act ends as the wedding sona emerge from the church, watched by Fernando and the secretly confident Francisquita. The character roles are a delight: So Francisquita is able to carry out a complicated plan to capture Fernando, a university student infatuated with a beautiful but heartless actress, La Beltrana.

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Aurora, seeing Fernando is now obsessed with Francisquita, flounces off. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.