La Llorona/The Weeping Woman
An award-winning musical drama created by composer Héctor Armienta, La Llorona/The Weeping Woman is based on a folk legend renowned throughout México and the American Southwest. Opera Cultura will present three performances of this incredible production at the Mexican Heritage Theater - School of Arts and Culture in San Jose (June 28-30).
At its core, La Llorona is a story of revenge. Armienta's musical novella is set in México at the turn of the century. A young Xochil girl falls in love and marries a man of Spanish lineage, but the great Xochil River never forgives her for betraying her people. Twenty years later, her husband betrays her, she goes mad, and the river exacts its revenge by tormenting her until she sacrifices her only child. She will forever weep.
With text that is is primarily in English with Spanish interjections, the work transcends language, culture and age. Both Latino and non-Latino audiences, first-time theater goers and those familiar with opera, will be captivated by this powerful and breathtaking musical drama.
Friday, June 28th at 7:30pm*
Saturday, June 29th at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 30th at 2pm
*There will be an invite-only VIP Donor reception after the Opening Night performance (June 28th). Each individual who donates $50+ before June 1 will receive one invitation to the reception. Every donation will help Opera Cultura meet a $5,000 challenge grant awarded by the Castellano Family Foundation!
Donate today using the Donation option above, or at www.operacultura.org/support
Temirzhan Yerzhanov, Music Director and Conductor
Jessica Blau (Mezzo-Soprano) as Maria
Andrew Metzger (Tenor) as Antonio
Alba Franco-Cancél (Soprano) as Sara
Kirk Eichelberger (Bass) as General Rafael
Elizabeth Patterson (Soprano) as Carmela
Rodrigo Garcia as the Shaman
Kathryn Benedicto (Soprano) as Ana (Spirit Woman)
Kimberley Anjal (Soprano) as Francisca (Spirit Woman)
Leandra Ramm (Mezzo-Soprano) as Serafina (Spirit Woman)
This production is funded in part by: the California Arts Council, the Office of Cultural Affairs - City of San José, the County of Santa Clara, Castellano Family Foundation, Applied Materials Foundation, Knight Foundation, Fleisshacker Foundation, Silicon Valley Creates, and Friends of Opera Cultura.
Photo Credit: Anthony Ruiz Photography, Teatro Latea - New York, NY 2012, Directed by Jose Esquea
More info available at www.operacultura.org
Mexican Heritage Theater - School of Arts and Culture @ MHP (View)
1700 Alum Rock Ave
San Jose, CA 95116
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