The Teatro Zarzuela is a beautiful and old theater near the Prado. The zarzuela performance (Luisa Fernanda) was wonderful, the performers were excellent, and the staging was beautiful. The zarzuela is unique in combining operetta and musical theater together. Ticket prices were very reasonable. The projected supertitles were in Spanish only (programs are in English and other languages) and I didn't understand a word, but the experience was very very worthwhile. I did not expect the staging to use the latest in electronic effects and scenic design but it was very up-to-date. The sightlines in the Orchestra section were excellent. It was thrilling just to be there and to know that the theater had been through both very good and very bad times and still survived. If you like zarzuela don't miss it. If you have a spare evening, you'll find this a great and very Spanish experience. Check on the internet for performance schedules.
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