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Agenda Cultural

 

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(Calle Toledo, 39)

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Construction for this Compañia de Jesús School began in 1564. In 1572 it was up and running, offering studies in Grammar, Rhetoric and Theology. Lope de Vega studied there between 1572 and 1577. The Institute of San Isidro is the heir to this Jesuit school.

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(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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(Paseo del Prado)

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The site was owned by Manuel de Zúñiga Fonseca, VI Count of Monterrey, from one of the most important noble houses of the time.
On the night of San Juan, June 24, 1631, a play by Lope de Vega was performed there which had been written in just three days.
The event in the Count of Monterrey's gardens was part of a party hosted by the Count-duke of Olivares for the king and queen and royal family.
The exact location is still not clear today. Pedraza refers to "the other side of the Paseo del Prado" when he speaks of this palace.

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(Block between San Jerónimo and the Plaza de las Cortes)

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In a block spanning San Jerónimo, Prado, Calles de Huertas, Jesús, Cervantes, San Agustín and the Plaza de las Cortes was the Palace of the Duke of Medinaceli and Lerma, with its splendid gardens. There, the nobleman frequently organized parties. At one, on November 3, 1619, Lope's play El premio de la hermosura was performed (however, Menéndez Pelayo dates the performance in 1614 in the city of Lerma).

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