The definitive book on the spectacular Spanish theatrical artform, Zarzuela.
This new 766 page volume has more than 80 illustrations, most of them in colour, and is the first complete reference book on Zarzuela in English. It is made up of three sections:
- The first covers the history of the genre from 1840 to the present.
- The second contains the biography and catalogue of works of 91 composers and 72 librettists.
- The final section comprises synopses of some of the most popular zarzuelas, a chronological table, a discography and videography, a bibliography and an alphabetical index of 3,347 Zarzuelas for cross-referencing.
It is truly a magnificent volume.
Critical review by Andrew Lamb, one of the world's leading experts on the musical theatre:
"For almost fifty years I have waited for a book in English on zarzuela....The 766 pages of [Cincotta's] book bear evidence to the extent of his exposure to Spanish literature on the genre, resulting in a copiously illustrated offering with a great deal of valuable information... Much of the information is otherwise unavailable in English, some of it not so conveniently even in Spanish. " (2 February 2003)