ALBUQUERQUEThe National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is proud to announce the 10th production in its ongoing Patty Disney Zarzuela Series.  La Dolorosa, produced in partnership with Teatro Nuevo México, opens on Friday, April 9th and runs through Sunday, April 11th.  Show times are 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, with a 2 pm Sunday matinee.  Tickets are $15, $20, and $25 with a $5 NHCC member discount.  There is also a two-for-one offer at the $25 level.  Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets,, or in person at the NHCC box office.  The NHCC is located at 1701 4th Street SW on the corner of 4th Street and Avenida César Chávez.
La Dolorosa, by José Serrrano with libretto by Juan José Lorente, was first performed at Madrid’s Teatro Reina Victoria in 1930.  It is set in a monastery at the turn of the 20th century, with a combination of passion and monastic solemnity that make it one of Serrano’s strongest works.  Lorente’s libretto is tightly constructed, and a comedy subplot complements the main story, the painter-monk Rafael’s internal struggle between renunciation and acceptance of the world and its travails.

La Dolorosa is directed by Salomé Martínez-Lutz, Artistic Director of Teatro Nuevo México and a winner of the Albuquerque Arts Alliance’s 2008 Bravos Award for Excellence in Theatre.  She last directed the spellbinding production of Federico García Lorca’s Yerma at the NHCC.  Musical director Pablo Zinger also returns to the Center for this latest production.  Born in Uruguay, Maestro Zinger has lived in New York City since 1976 and returns frequently to New Mexico for his work with the zarzuela series.  He is widely known as a conductor, pianist, writer, composer, arranger, lecturer, and narrator, specializing in the music of Astor Piazzolla, tango, Spanish zarzuela, and Latin American vocal and instrumental music. 

La Dolorosa is generously supported by the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, the McCune Foundation, V. Garcia and Sierra Development Company.  The NHCC, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Hispanic art and culture at the local, state, national, and international levels.