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Operatic tenor to introduce Zarzuela and Spanish art song to lakeside

Humble lakeside hamlet Riberas de Pilar will be graced by the presence — and golden voice, of one of Mexico’s most promising talents — tenor Ricardo Calderon.

pg26He, together with pianist and Zapopan Municipal Choir director Timothy G. Ruff Welch, will perform “Con Amores … A España,” part of the “Bravissimo” concert series at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Sunday, March 18, 4 p.m.

The program is a tribute to all things Spanish, with a set list that will mix the operatic form of Zarzuela with compositions by known quantities such as Manuel de Falla.  The stated purpose is to “revive Spanish music in the city of Guadalajara, to rescue the great tradition of Zarzuela which existed in Mexico for many years.”

For the uninitiated, Zarzuela is a Spanish tradition of music and dance that, while similar to opera, is heavily steeped in Iberian culture and is influenced by flamenco (or is it the other way around?).  According to Calderon, the form is especially well-known in Guadalajara, where the Zarzuela-performing parents of operatic superstar Placid Domingo often plied their trade over a half-century ago.

Calderon, a Guadalajara native, was born for music.

“It was very important for me as long as I can remember,” said Calderon. “My mom used to tell me that, when I was a baby, whenever I listened to music I would always sing along.”


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