"Throughout, Webber mixes approachability with good scholarship
... the text itself is so illuminating. No existing lover of zarzuela should be
without the book, and the hope must be that it helps the genre to achieve the
appreciation in English-speaking countries that its wonderful music so richly
(Andrew Lamb, Gramophone, May
"Totally absorbing ... superbly informative ... Webber's knowledge is
encyclopaedic, his passion for the genre infectious, and his skill as a
proselytiser impressive ... Highly recommended"
Time Out, London, April-May 2003)
Webber's book does a lot to fill this vacuum. It is greatly informative,
concise, elegantly written and well presented ... The value of this work for
English speakers is incalculable."
zarzuela.net, April 2003)
a welcome, important and valuable book which merits (and I hope will achieve)
wide appeal ... The Zarzuela Companion is an indispensable book which
deserves every success"
(Robert Matthew-Walker, International
Record Review , June 2003)
"¡Por fin! Finally, an English-language guide to
zarzuela ... and my praise for it is immeasurable ... To quote Ira Gershwin,
'Who could ask for anything more?' ... Gracias, Señor Webber, for
this superb, much-needed volume!"
(Richard Traubner, Opera
, May 2003)
the English language guide to Zarzuela. It sits very happily next to the
Grove Opera and the New Penguin Opera Guide and need not blush in
that company. "
(Rob Barnett, MusicWeb , July
"Everywhere the author's wit and erudition enhance the
comprehensive information ... One must hope that this superlative book ... will
find a home with all who love La Zarzuela"
American Record Guide , Sept-Oct 2003)
"Christopher Webber's book is a treasure trove of information
... an indispensable reference guide, a pleasure to read and browse because of
its author's enthusiasm, skill and knowledge of his
(from Plácido Domingo's