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Amigos de la Zarzuela is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1985 and is dedicated to the promotion and performance of the Zarzuela, the most popular form of Spanish musical theater. Through an ongoing series of concerts, lectures and festive gatherings, we seek to make the Zarzuela better known in North America. At the same time, we enjoy ourselves musically and socially.

We know that you are an admirer - perhaps a lover - of Spanish culture. We now invite you to become a member. We hope you will join us in this worthy and agreeable enterprise by becoming a member.

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What is Zarzuela?

Zarzuela is the Spanish musical theater. It is the equivalent of French opera comique, German Singspiel or Italian opera bufa.

Zarzuela began during the reign of King Felipe IV. The King and his court would go the the Real Sitio del Pardo callec La Zarzuela, its name derived from the word "zarza" meaning "blackberry bush" which surrounded the building. In the royal halls of La Zarzuela, music was presented, comics would act and singers would sing for the enjoyment of the King and his royal court.