Wednesday@Noon Lecture by Janet Sturman. Why Engage Zarzuela in 21st-Century America?

Department of Music
Wednesday@Noon Lecture

Janet Sturman, University of Arizona
Why Engage Zarzuela in 21st-Century America?
Walter Clark, coordinator

Spanish-speaking audiences in the Americas enjoyed productions of zarzuela in the early 20th century and the genre has continued to attract devoted fans into the present. Growing competition from new entertainment options, the rising costs of production, and dismissive valuation, have relegated production to isolated stagings by a few stalwart companies. At the same time, the work of music scholars and university researchers have resulted in new insights and modern publications that reveal the rich extent of the repertory.
This presentation will make a case for the study and performance of zarzuela in American universities and will provide examples of new performance practices that respect history but respond to contemporary needs.

October 24, 2018
Wednesday, 12:10 – 1:00 P.M.
Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

Janet Sturman is Professor of Music, and Associate Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Arizona. She currently chairs the new graduate interdisciplinary program in Applied Intercultural Arts Research. The author of Zarzuela: Spanish Operetta, American Stage (2000), her studies examine lyric theatre and music performance as a means of shaping identity and building community. Her research focuses on cultures of the Americas, including Mexico and the U.S. Southwest. She is editor of the five-volume SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture (2019).

Free and open to the campus
Information: (951) 827-3245
• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Ian Dicke, coordinator.


Wednesday, October 24 at 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Arts Building, Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts, Lectures & Presentations


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students


Free and Open to the Campus

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