La Verbena de la Paloma (Spanish Operetta)

GALA Hispanic Theater.

3333 14th St., NW | Washington, DC


  • Prestigious soloists, chorus,and chamber orchestra
  • Ballet Furia Flamenca
  • Waltzes, polkas, gorgeous costumes


Teatro Lirico of DC presents a unique opportunity to enjoy  “La Verbena de la Paloma” (The festivity of the Dove), one of the most celebrated zarzuelas (Spanish operetta) of all times. Set in Madrid in the late 19th century, the story focuses on sweethearts Julian and Susana, whose love endures the amusing meddling of an old bachelor suitor. As background to the plot, this zarzuela presents a parade of characters drawn from Madrid’s Belle Epoque. The dialogues are sharp and witty, and the catchy music includes some of the most celebrated zarzuela tunes, such as the famous habanera, ¿Dónde vas con mantón de Manila? Performed in Spanish with English surtitles.


Like Arthur Sullivan, Tomás Bretón (1850-1923) was a cultured musician who composed symphonic and operatic works but found his greatest success with lighter fare. Specifically he did so with this classic example of the one-act genero chico that so captured the enthusiasm of Spain during the 1890s. The work itself captures superbly the Spanish taste for nocturnal revelry, especially at festival time, as here on the evening of the Festival of the Dove (Gramophone).

The deal is valid only for tickets on the date[s] of the event as listed and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates.We will refund your voucher within 24 hours of purchase for any reason. We will refund your voucher if the event is cancelled or rescheduled. No refunds are available after the event has passed. Groups wishing to sit together must have 1 customer purchase all [tickets OR vouchers] for group; subject to availability. If you desire to transfer your tickets to someone else, you may do so by contacting the organization's ticketing office at least 1 day after your purchase. Ticket transfers are subject to availability. Purchaser must pick up tickets(s) at Will Call prior to show.

1) Present printed or smartphone voucher and valid ID to Will Call at least 30 minutes prior to curtain. 2) Enjoy!

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