Most opera lovers would be familiar with the fandango from Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro . But wait until you hear the fandango in José de Nebra’s 1744 zarzuela in two acts, Vendado es Amor, no es Ciego (“Love is bound, not blind”).

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Initially sung by the work’s two comic characters (stock servant characters known as “graciosos”) Brújula and Títiro , Tempestad grande, amiga, replete with guitars and castanets, builds to a raucous finale with percussion and chorus. It’s tremendous fun.nIt’s also just one of the many highlights of this fine example of a Spanish musical theatre genre which by the late Baroque was more operatic and more appealing to the general public.

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