Mi Camino

The Pandemic Stories of Farmworkers

July 2nd - July 16th, 2021



Mi Camino, 
a powerful new song cycle created by composer Héctor Armienta, gives voice to farmworkers in the greater Bay Area. Through song and multimedia—including animations—Mi Camino portrays real stories shared by these important yet often forgotten members of our community, focusing on the impact of COVID-19. The online premiere of this compelling work will feature nationally acclaimed soprano Cecilia Violetta López, joined by outstanding Bay Area singers Deborah Rosengaus, mezzo-soprano, and Emmanuel Mercado, tenor. 
Viewing details: After this content becomes available July 2nd @ 7pm, you'll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 24 hours to finish watching. 

Mi Camino Artists: Cecilia Violetta López, soprano; Deborah Rosengaus, mezzo-soprano; Emmanuel Mercado, tenor
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Mi Camino will harness innovative technology to combine footage of the singers with animations (including avatars and virtual worlds), creating visually powerful moments to convey the experiences of the farmworkers—and to inspire reflection on our collective experience in this particular time in history.


Mi Camino is Part II of a community-invigorated song cycle (La Frontera Project), created by composer and Artistic Director Héctor Armienta, focusing on stories of immigration. Part I: Cuentos de Peregrinación retells the heart wrenching and inspirational stories of immigrants who have made the arduous journey from Mexico to the United States. It premiered in 2014 at the Mexican Heritage Theater–School of Arts and Culture in San Jose, directed by Kinan Valdez, and conducted by Temirzhan Yerzhanov. 

Special thanks to our partners for this project who helped us identify individuals to interview from regional farmworker communities: Ayudando Latinos A Soñar (ALAS) (Half Moon Bay CA), Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County (Watsonville CA), and Veggielution (San Jose CA).

Artwork by Elba Raquel

This project is supported in part by:

Applied Materials FoundationCalifornia Arts CouncilCastellano Family FoundationFleishhacker FoundationThe National Endowment for the ArtsThe MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Office of Cultural Affairs – City of San José, an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation; Silicon Valley CreatesSilicon Valley Strong of Silicon Valley Community Foundation; the Cultura Guild; and Friends of Opera Cultura.

Applied Materials Foundation California Arts Council MAP Fund  
Silicon Valley Creates Castellano Family Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Office of Cultural Affairs – City of San José
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Fleishhacker Foundation
#SiliconValleyStrong OPERA America

In-Kind Sponsors:

Perception NeuronVisual Endeavors
Perception Neuron
 Visual Endeavors 

Lead Artist Sponsor:
Rita Elizabeth Horiguchi

Artista & Maestro Circle Donors: 
Irene Chavez, Herman and Maricela Gallegos, Rita Elizabeth Horiguchi, Mitch Nelson, Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson, Fred and Consuela Yepiz, Fernando and Cecily Zazueta.