Zarzuela (Operetta)


Zarzuela by Jesús Guridi

Calixto Bieito offers a contemporary perspective on this zarzuela with catchy melodies and comedic passages.

From 30 april to 01 may 2025
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The zarzuela Mari-Eli, by Jesús Guridi, premiered in Madrid in April 1936 and was later performed after the Civil War, in 1941, in Bilbao, as part of the Lyric Season of the Coral Society of Bilbao. With a libretto by Carlos Arniches and Eloy Garay, it is a work that shows us a different side of Guridi in terms of the character of the piece, but very recognizable for the quality of his musical composition. Jesús Mª Arozamena describes *Mari-Eli* as “a Basque zarzuela with sea airs, with catchy melodies and comedic passages, very much in line with the tastes of the time.”

This production of Mari-Eli, produced by Teatro Arriaga, represents a top-notch musicological recovery, a contemporary look at a zarzuela with many references typical of the genre, which will take on an entirely different dimension under the stage direction of Calixto Bieito. The participation of the Coral Society of Bilbao, so closely linked to Guridi, symbolizes today the relevance of choral singing transmission and Teatro Arriaga’s commitment to vindicating and promoting it.

The team

Stage Direction: Calixto Bieito.
Choir: Coral Society of Bilbao.
Choir director: Enrique Azurza.
Orchestra: Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (BOS).
Score editing: Ángel Briz.
New production by Teatro Arriaga
In collaboration with BBK


30/04/2025 7:30 PM
01/05/2025 7:00 PM


21-42€ /discounts

Friends of Arriaga:
from 25% to 35% DISCOUNT.

Groups, youth, seniors over 65, unemployed, large families, and individuals with disabilities over 33%:

Youth quota:
tickets at €5, limited quota*.

Last minute for groups (except Friends):

Last minute for Gaztea Friend:

People with disabilities in wheelchairs:
50% DISCOUNT (on the proscenium stage and one companion).