La Llorona

  Opera Cultura - A Latino - Hispanic Opera Company


Our mission is to explore the Latinx-Hispanic cultural experience through music theater and opera, while providing opportunities for the community to participate as creators, learners, and performers.  We accomplish this by presenting the work of composer Héctor Armienta and other Latinx-Hispanic composers, showcasing exceptional artists, and training young people in the performing arts. By doing so, we create a cultural bridge between communities.

Our programming in the past has included presenting Latinx-Hispanic opera, collaborating with other organizations in our community, and providing training for young people in the performing arts. While San Jose remains our artistic home, we have also presented and co-presented in New York, Washington, D.C.,  and México. Notable performances include La Llorona: A Musical Drama, Rio de Mujéres, Bless Me, Ultima: A Mexican-American Opera, and the immigration song cycle opera Cuentos de Peregrinacón. Cuentos has been performed in San Jose and in Guadalajara, Mexico's Degollado Theater. Opera Cultura also initiated the Arte Sin Fronteras (Art Without Borders) Initiative, a cross-cultural exchange between San Jose, CA and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Héctor Armienta, Artistic Director & Composer 
Sarah Hirshland, Managing Director

Anita Garcia
Elizabeth Hernandez
Claudia Lopez