At the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall on June 25th, 2010 the Pasión por la Zarzuela, or Passion through Zarzuela, was performed. Featuring tenors Israel Lozano and Peter Joshua Borroughs, baritone Gustavo Ahualli, and sopranos Susana Diaz and Cristina Nassif, the concert highlighted pieces of the genre including works by Luna, Sorozábal, Giménez, Moreno Torroba, Chapi, Serrano, Penella, and Asenjo Barbieri. Instrumentation featured Carlos Cesar Rodriguez (piano) and René Eduardo Molina (cello).
Zarzuela is a musical genre born of the efforts of Pedro Calderón de la Barca and Juan de Hidalgo. In 1697, the two men wrote a never-before-seen kind of musical comedy. El Laurel de Apolo premiered at the Royal Palace of El Pardo for King Phillip the IV of Spain, Queen Mariana, and their court. This show traditionally symbolizes the beginning of the Zarzuela genre. 150 years later, the Golden Age of Zarzuela takes place. The genre has transformed through the centuries but is always turning to its roots and is a passionate source of pride in Spanish music.