There is almost no difference in between an Opera and a Zarzuela. Nevertheless, they are considered a different genera of staged performances. Zarzuelas began as light character operettas from Spain. Nevertheless in the past century, there were a series of latin american composers who decided to write Zarzuelas. It must be mentioned that if an Opera is in Spanish, its not necessarily a Zarzuela. Great examples of Operas in Spanish are Beatriz Caxi and Bomarzo (both written by Alberto Ginastera).

Thanks to his professor and friend Janet Sturman, Luciano got to participate in two Zarzuelas produced by the University of Arizona. This program was focused on latin american musicology and it gave Luciano a chance to enhance his realm and exposure. Among the performers of those operas, the program included Alfonso Molina, Jaime Bofill, Caroline Crawford, Ivette Ortiz, Edgar Ricaud and Dori Smith.

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El Duo de "La Africana" The Fourth International Symposium on Latin American Music presents a zarzuela performance at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Dr. Janet Sturman, UA professor of ethnomusicology and Barbara McKean, from UA School of Film and Theater, "El Duo de la Africana en Tucson" is an adaptation of the celebrated comic zarzuela by M. F. Caballero with additional music by Lecuona, Morales, Roig, Elorduy and Morel de Campos. The comic plot takes the audience backstage at a lyric theater company and reveals a comic tangle of conflicting aspirations.…

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Michael Woodall

Canopy Organic Salon

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Jason Fowler

Baritone, Portland Opera

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Amanda Bruno

University of Arizona

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