La Llorona

A captivating tale of love, betrayal and vengeance is told in this award-winning musical drama

June 28-30, 2019
June 28 & 29 at 7:30pm; June 30 at 2pm

Mexican Heritage Theater - School of Arts & Culture @ MHP
1700 Alum Rock Ave.
San Jose , CA 95116

FEATURED ARTISTS: Click here for artist bios!

Mezzo-Soprano Jessica Blau as Maria/La Llorona
Tenor Andrew Metzger as Antonio (Maria's husband)
Soprano Alba Franco-Cancél as Sara (Maria's daughter)
Bass Kirk Eichelberger as General Rafael
Soprano Elizabeth Patterson as Carmela
Rodrigo Garcia as the Shaman
Soprano Kimberley Anjal as Francisca (Spirit Woman)
Soprano Kathryn Benedicto as Ana (Spirit Woman)
Mezzo-Soprano Leandra Ramm as Serafina (Spirit Woman)

Temirzhan Yerzhanov
Temirzhan Yerzhanov
Music Director and Conductor

Eunah Cho
Eunah Cho – pianist  
Lisa DiTiberio – flute/piccolo
Karen Sremac – clarinet I
Jonathan Szin – clarinet II/bass clarinet
Yulia Fomicheva – cello

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

Don't miss this captivating tale of love, betrayal and vengeance that depicts a woman's descent into madness and her transformation into the infamous La Llorona. Previous productions have sold out, so make sure to get your tickets right away!

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 
La Llorona/The Weeping Woman is an award-winning musical drama created by composer Héctor Armienta. The production is based on a folk legend well-known throughout México and the American Southwest. “Anyone who has ancestral roots in México knows this epic legend that has been told and retold in diverse ways by many cultures and through generations of storytellers,” says composer Armienta.
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.
La Llorona is Part I in a trilogy of work, Aquas Ancestrales/Ancient Waters, by Héctor Armienta. The trilogy’s central themes and story relate to the spiritual and magical element of water, the role of destiny and free will in our existence, and the lives of the women in Armienta’s family, including his Mexican grandmother, mother and sister. When completed, the trilogy will consist of a bilingual chamber opera (Rio de Mujeres/River of Women), an operatic musical drama (La Llorona/The Weeping Woman), and a full-blown opera (La Muerte/The Murder).

CLICK HERE for Opera Cultura's "La Llorona 101" blog post! 

La Llorona
Photo Credit: Anthony Ruiz Photography, Teatro Latea  - New York, NY 2012, Directed by Jose Esquea

*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! 
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