Elisabeth Le Guin
The tonadilla was a comic lyric theater genre popular on the public stages of Madrid from approximately 1750 to 1815. Given between the acts of plays or operas, tonadillas used a handful of singers and a small orchestra to present satiric scenarios drawn from the everyday lives of their audiences, who constituted a genuinely diverse public in the full modern sense. The tonadilla is similar to the coeval, better-known Neapolitan intermezzo ... Read more
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