In 2018, the Teatro Principal de Alicante launched its I Residencia Lírica Maestro Chapí. A platform for local artistic manifestations and to promote new audiences that arises from the need to expand the range of initiatives that in recent years have positioned the Teatro Principal as a cultural reference.
The Compañía Lírica Alicantina became the first resident lyric company of the Principal with its work “Doña Francisquita”the first zarzuela created under the walls of the Principal with the support of the “I Residencia lírica Maestro Chapí”.
“Doña Francisquita” is a zarzuela in three acts, with libretto by Federico Romero Sarachaga and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw Iturralde, based on the comedy “La discreta enamorada” by Lope de Vega, with music by maestro Amadeo Vives, which premiered at the Teatro Apolo in Madrid in the 1920s.
The action is set in the romantic Madrid of the mid-nineteenth century, during the carnival. It is considered one of the greatest works of zarzuela, setting a model within the great genre. The libretto, freely based on Lope de Vega’s comedy, portrays romantic Madrid in a poetic and faithful way, creating pictures of great color and liveliness. Due to its characteristics, it can also be defined as a high quality comic opera.