Essential Zarzuela

March 13, 2015 clock 08:00 PM


Heliconian Hall
Toronto, ON

plus Radar

Ticket Booth


Presented by:

Essential Opera

Event Details

Essential Zarzuela! is entertaining night of passion and laughter. The centrepiece of the programme, Bohemios, is a Spanish take on “la vie Bohème” by composer Amadeo Vives. Premiered in 1904, Bohemios reflects the composer’s youthful exuberance and operatic influences, with hints of a more modern sensibility. The performance features a cast of artists deeply familiar with this specialized form, tenor Fabian Arciniegas and soprano Maureen Batt, with music director Kate Carver realizing the lush score at the piano.

Essential Opera also welcomes back favourite artists and some new faces. Rounding out the programme are highlights from the great wealth of delectable Spanish zarzuela repertoire, exploring themes of romance, intrigue, and comedy.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for audiences to hear this gorgeous music.

Featured Program

Bohemios – Amadeo Vives

Zarzuela Highlights by Vives and contemporaries


Kate Carver, music director and pianist

Maureen Batt, soprano

Erin Bardua, soprano

Kelsey Vicary, soprano

Stephanie DeCiantis, soprano

Heather Jewson, mezzo

Fabián Arciniegas, tenor

Joseph Lévesque, tenor

Austin Larusson, baritone