jueves, 23 de junio de 2011

Houston Grand Opera crosses the Atlantic - History-making Mariachi opera to open in Paris

Photo: Felix Sanchez / Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera will open the 2011-12 season at the prestigious Théâtre du Châtelet Paris with six performances of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To cross the Face of the Moon) from September 23 - 27, 2011.  Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, the world´s first Mariachi opera, was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera from composer and writer José “Pepe” Martínez, music director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, and acclaimed Broadway director and author Leonard Foglia. Together with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán - the world‟s pre-eminent mariachi ensemble - the Paris performances will include the HGO cast mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte and baritone and HGO studio alumnus Octavio Moreno. The invitation to open the season at Théâtre du Châtelet, one of the most illustrious theaters in the world, follows sold out performances at the Wortham Center and Talento Bilingüe de Houston in 2010. Théâtre du Châtelet is renowned for showcasing original, compelling productions from around the globe, offering a platform to the many singers, musicians, actors and dancers who have forged new paths across the international arts landscape. Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera through its Song of Houston: Mexico 2010 project in celebration of the anniversaries of Mexican independence and revolution, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna was the brainchild of Mr. Freud (HGO´s ex General Director). Watching a performance by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Freud was struck by the resonances between mariachi and operatic traditions.  The captivating, poignant story set a new benchmark in operatic storytelling. Integrating real life stories with the magical and amazing migration of the monarch butterfly, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna explores the migration of a Mexican family and their journey to United States, highlighting their sacrifice and loss.

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