Spanish Rise

Zarzuela sings for Spain

Sat 5/22
Carlos Urtubey, a baritone of Colombian descent, tells the story of one of the zarzuela duets (lyric Spanish theater) he'll perform -- "Canta Mendigo Errante" -- on Saturday, May 22, at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. "That song is about a Gypsy who sings to try to express his hunger for life in Spain, and he tries to seduce a girl," Urtubey explains. "Unfortunately, the girl happens to be his daughter."

Wha . . . ?! "Oh, wait," Urtubey says. "That's a different song -- not one I'm going to sing."

Whew. Luckily, Urtubey and Peruvian soprano Greta Skelly won't be singing about incest and pedophiles, but -- beginning at 7 p.m. -- they will perform zarzuelas about Spanish customs and music. Don't fear the language barrier, and head out to 1202 North Third Street. Tickets are $15. Call 602-274-4441 for details. -- Joe Watson

Spanish opera: Phoenix Center for the Arts presents "Canta Mendigo Errante."
Spanish opera: Phoenix Center for the Arts presents "Canta Mendigo Errante."
Black beauties: Black Theatre Troupe performs at Herberger Theatre.
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Black beauties: Black Theatre Troupe performs at Herberger Theatre.
Footloose: Scottsdale Center for the Arts hosts Desert Dance Theatre fundraiser.
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