Palace of El Pardo

(Monte de El Pardo)

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A pavilion for hunting and recreation was built in the Real Sitio de El Pardo that Prince Fernando used for gatherings of musicians and artists. Different companies he had contracted made the evening there more enjoyable with performances. In these "zarzuela parties," named for all of the briars and brambles (zarzas) in El Pardo, works that were sung and dialogues with music were performed (it is the origin of the work zarzuela as a genre). In the summer of 1629, Lope de Vega presented a piece to be sung on a stage designed by the Florentine Cossimo Lotti in the Palacio del El Pardo, La selva sin amor (a work completely sung in the style of Italian operas and performed by professional actors and not ladies of the court).

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