The Queen of Zarzuela

Duration: 60 min.
Year: 2014 / A Signo Digital, ETB, TVE, and Canal 22 (Mexico) co-production. With collaboration from Basque Government.

Synopsis: This documentary about the soprano Pepita Embil (Getaria, Guipuzcoa, 1918 – Mexico, 1994) explores the fascinating life of a restless, passionate woman who lived in and for music, and whose son, Plácido Domingo, became perhaps the greatest operatic tenor of the 20th century.

Pepita Embil, who possessed one of the most talented and expressive voices in Spanish zarzuela, is practically an institution in Latin America, where she worked for over a quarter of a century, combining her singing career with her activities as a musical entrepreneur alongside her husband, the baritone Plácido Domingo Ferrer.

Featuring: Plácido Domingo Embil, María José Domingo Embil, Juan Ángel Vela del Campo, Josep Carreras, Teresa Beganza, Patxi Lacan, Enrique del Portal, Manuel Yrízar Rojas, Joaquín Achúcarro, Ainhoa Arteta, Emilio Sagi, Nieves Fernández de Sevilla, Jacobo Zabludovsky, Fernando Lozano, Leopoldo Falcón, Carlos Loperena, Xavier A. Torresarpi, Salvador Quiroz, Maria Eugenia Arriaga