Monday, November 1, 2010
The Houston Grand Opera will present the premiere of "To Cross the Face of the Moon" on November 13, 2010 with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. It will be sung in Spanish with English surtitles. Here is a summary:
Houston Grand Opera’s 41st world premiere follows one family from its patriarch’s distant American dream to their generations-long quest for fulfillment in the country that still does not quite feel like home. The work’s story, by acclaimed director and writer Leonard Foglia, is based on first-hand accounts of Mexican immigrants to Houston. The score of To Cross the Face of the Moon is by José “Pepe” Martínez, music director of the world-famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, who will make their only Houston appearance this year at the opera’s concert premiere on November 13 in the Brown Theater. HGO presents the fully-staged opera Talento Bilingüe de Houston featuring a Texan Mariachi band in four performances on December 3, 4 and 5. Recent Studio alumnus Octavio Moreno, a native of Hermosillo, Mexico, will create the baritone role of the family patriarch Laurentino. The role of Renata will be played by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte, who is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, and has been a member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus for five years. The role of Mark will be sung by David Guzman in his company debut, and Pepe Martínez will perform the role of Chucho.