B0074. The Zarzuela Companion. Christopher Webber (w.Foreword by Plácido Domingo). Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, 2002. 341pp. Index; Bibliography; Selective Discography; Illus.; DJ. Final copy! - 9780810844476 0-8108-4447-8
"We have been waiting for over 50 years for a guide of this quality and it should be welcomed and treasured by all who love La Zarzuela and its interpreters….In addition to a short history of the genre, Webber offers biographical notes on the composers and many of their greatest interpreters; details of over 60 works with plot synopses, musical quotations and a useful, selected discography. Everywhere, the author’s wit and erudition enhance the comprehensive information offered. His comments on individual singers are also invariably illuminating."
- Vivian A. Liff, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2004
"THE ZARZUELA COMPANION is a comprehensive guide to zarzuelas most popular and romantic works written after 1850, with chapters devoted to the major Spanish zarzuela composers, writers and singers. Complete synopses of all sixty works selected are delivered at the level of detail necessary for non-Spanish speakers to follow along with ease. The book also features special sections on the history of the genre, and on the parallel Catalan and Cuban zarzuela traditions."
- Loyal Bluto