Thursday, October 2, 2014

Arizona Opera Stages Mariachi Opera Featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM


Look Tucson, we haven't had this talk. It's been on my mind lately, but with this month's staging of what is sure to be an amazing performance of a mariachi opera from the Arizona Opera company, it's time to stage an intervention. Do not wait, like you usually do to buy tickets. That rude behavior that has everyone trained to be on the edge of their seats until the day before a show opens when you finally make up your mind what you're going to do that night. Stop. Doing. That.

No. Please. You can do this. I believe in you. It starts with the production of "Cruzar la Cara de la Luna." The show opens in Phoenix and there are only two performances scheduled for Tucson: Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m.

The opera, which features Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, was written by José “Pepe” Martínez and Leonard Foglia and commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera.

From Arizona Opera:

Where is home?
Is it where we are born?
Or where we live most of our lives?
Is it with the family we leave behind or with the new ones we create?

To Cross the Face of the Moon / Cruzar la Cara de la Luna follows three generations of a single family, divided by countries and cultures. As a Mexican/American man deals with the approaching death of his father, he is forced to face these questions about his own place in the world — straddling two cultures — as well as that of his immigrant father and his American daughter. As long-buried secrets are revealed, he finds himself dramatically re-evaluating his own understanding of what makes a family. Like the Monarch butterflies that migrate every year to the birthplace of his father, the members of the Velasquez family must travel both physically and spiritually between Michoacán and Texas and look deep into their hearts before they learn where they truly belong. —Leonard Foglia

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