La Zarzuela de Canarias displays a program of three "popular" shows in its 26th season, which hosts the Cuyás Theater between October and December, and among which the incorporation of the Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra for the first time his career.
The vice president of the Association of Canarian Friends of Zarzuela, Algeria Camino, shelled yesterday in the Cuyás the titles of this new edition, which includes "two zarzuelas well known by our partners and a gala, starring a quarry of actors and voices eminently Canary ", he stressed. The season starts on October 13 with the title The port tavern a zarzuela set in the maritime neighborhood of San Cristóbal at the beginning of the 20th century, under the musical direction of Juan José Ocón Arza and the stage direction of Didier Otaola, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria (OFGC) and the OFGC Choir. The voices of Estefanía Perdomo, Javier Franco, Néstor Martorell and Alicia Ramos, among others, star in this lyric plot of smugglers, prostitutes, fishermen and sailors who hide their secrets in the Tavern of Marola.
The show happens The verbena de la Paloma, next October 20, a zarzuela "timeless" in two acts by Ricardo de la Vega, with music by Tomás Bretón, which brings the return of the verbena to the programming of the Canarian Zarzuela after more than a decade of absence. Under the musical direction of Rafael Sánchez Araña and the scene of Didier Otaola, this festival of love and jealousy framed in nineteenth-century Madrid will be preceded by three popular romances: Balada del Cojo, I am the chula madrileña Y Kitty Cupcakes. The voices of Blanca Valido, Mario Méndez, Judith Pessoa -in substitution of Nora Carrasco- or Rosa Delia Martín, among others, dress up this zarzuela with the Gran Canaria Youth Orchestra and the Choir of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria.
Finally, a gala puts the finishing touch to programming under the title Always Zarzuela, on December 8, directed by Lucía Martín, which incorporates the Symphony Orchestra of Las Palmas with the aim of "creating a bond of collaboration that we hope to consolidate for future seasons," said Carlos Ruiz, Minister of Culture of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria. This new alliance corresponds to the desire to reduce, in parallel, the involvement of the Youth Orchestra in the Zarzuela in order to "be able to dedicate itself to its true objective, which is training," said Ruiz, and the show could come out forward and "gain in quality" from the hand of the Symphony.
The 26th season of the Zarzuela culminates with this gala whose title obeys that "despite all the inconveniences -and we always have many-, we hope that there will always be Zarzuela in the islands", explained Camino, who also accompanied José Ortega, secretary of Amigos Canarios de la Zarzuela; Encarna Galván, Councilor for Culture of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; and Aurora Moreno, general director of Cultural Promotion of the Government of the Canary Islands. Regarding this presentation table, Camino celebrated that this new programming has gone ahead thanks to the "miraculous" reinforcement of institutional support, since the last seasons of the Zarzuela have been marked by economic ups and downs, which materialized in a debt of 60,000 euros in 2016. "Miracles do not depend only on us, but on many," said Camino.
Among its objectives for future seasons, the horizon of the Zarzuela is "reach young people," admitted the vice president. "The objective is to create quarry by taking the Zarzuela to educational centers and promoting ourselves in social networks, in order to break the false myth that Zarzuela is obsolete or ñoño when it is a living part of our culture."