- A colourful seafood stew mainly of shellfish. A typical zarzuela might consist of cleaned, and prepared as for a stew, mussels, squid, Dublin bay prawns, spiny lobster, hake and eel, added to a mixture of onions, garlic, tomatoes and sweet peppers all chopped and sweated in oil, simmered for 20 minutes with wine, seasoning, saffron and chopped parsley in a casserole dish and finished with stoned olives.
- noun Spanish musical theatre, usually comic, combining dialogue, music and dance
- A type of Spanish musical play or operetta that developed asa popular court entertainment in the mid 17th century; the name comesfrom the Palacio de la Zarzuela, a royal hunting lodge near Madrid.The first zarzuela, combining narrative passages with musicand dance, was El laurel de Apolo (1658), by Pedro Calderónde la Barca. Another notable exponent of the genre was Lope de Vega.The zarzuela's popularity at court owed much to its heroicand mythological subjects. By the 18th century, however, Italian operahad become the fashion and the zarzuela had to be revived byRamón de la Cruz (1731 - 94), who created works with plotstaken from everyday life. Although he experienced great success, thegenre faded again after his death and remained in obscurity until1856, when the Teatro de la Zarzuela opened in Madrid. Over the years,the zarzuela evolved into two forms, the one-act comedy knownas the teatro por horas and the opera-like version calledthe grande. The modern zarzuela has been greatly influencedby international musicals.