Canal March

Ramón de la Cruz or the Goyesque sainete

Alberto Romero Ferrer, lecturer. David Lorente, Pepa Pedroche and Daniel Orgaz, acting. Cecilia Lavilla Berganza, soprano, and Gerardo Arriaga, guitar. José María Esbec, theatrical direction

The 18th century theatre represented a change from the models of the old comedy playhouse to the modern theatres of the rising bourgeoisie. The two most popular genres of the 18th-century scene, the sainete and the tonadilla escénica, embody the transformation of the Spanish society of the Enlightenment. New characters are introduced, such as the petimetre, the majos and the majas. Interspersed with the lecture by Professor Alberto Romero Ferrer, the actors David Lorente, Pepa Pedroche and Daniel Orgaz perform, with stage direction by José María Esbec, several fragments of the sainetes Los cómicos da la legua by Juan Ignacio González del Castillo and El petimetre, Manolo and La república de las mujeres by Ramón de la Cruz. Soprano Cecilia Lavilla Berganza sings the tunes La libertad by Federico Moretti, Las murmuraciones del Prado by Blas by Laserna, El polo del contrabandista by Manuel García and El bello sexo by Federico Moretti.

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