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Zarzuela is the Spanish lyrical opera. The classic pieces of zarzuela are a combination of sophisticated musical ensembles, including speaking and singing, popular songs, and lowlife comedy characters. Some can compare more to traditional Italian opera in their length and style. Others are short with less dignified plots and characters. There are also many types of Zarzuelas in between the two with a variety of musical flavors.

Placido Domingo's parents were zarzuela singers, part of what inspired him to sing.

See Musical theater, Operetta

Zarzuela is also the name of a Spanish dish made of diverse sorts of seafood and fish, named after the minor opera genre above, due to the mixture of characters.

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