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2019-2020 Season Announcement!

August 20, 2019

Opera Cultura's 2019-2020 Season
December 19 & 20, 2019: Zorro Workshop Performance
February 2020: Canto Online V
ocal Competition
May 8-10, 2020: Frida in San Jose
June 6-7, 2020: The Rap Opera Project 2.0

Tickets aren't on sale quite yet, but please make sure our season dates are in your calendar!

This December, we will present the first and only workshop performance of Zorro, a new opera by Héctor Armienta, at Moviemiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in downtown San Jose. The work will be commissioned by Fort Worth Opera in Texas, Opera Southwest in New Mexico, and Opera Cultura. The story incorporates California history and is set during the politically tumultuous period of the early 1800’s in Alta California and in México. We will be inviting you to participate in a special community project—"Explore your history through Zorro." Please send us stories, videos, photos, or documents that represent your history; any connection to San Jose history or to Spanish and Mexican history gets extra special attention! We will be compiling any submissions to share among our community and at the performances. Contact t.liu@operacultura.org with submissions or any questions.

Starting January 31, the Canto Online Vocal Competition returns for its third year, offering emerging singers from across the United States a chance to rise above the rest! Singers will be able to submit video excerpts online from January 31 to March 31, 2020.

Next up in May, a show you won't want to miss! Opera Cultura presents the Northern California premiere of the bilingual opera Frida by Robert Xavier Rodriguez, one of the leading Mexican-American composers of our time. The premiere will include three performances at the Mexican Heritage Theater – School of Arts and Culture in San Jose. Frida Kahlo, one of the most visionary artists of the twentieth century, is a cultural icon in the Mexican and Mexican-American community and has become a celebrated figure internationally. The highly-regarded opera, which incorporates musical idioms from authentic Mexican folk traditions, tells the dramatic story of Frida's life, the challenges she faced, and her significant contributions to the world of art and to the community at large. 

Finally, Opera Cultura has added a second mainstage production to conclude our incredible season. The Rap Opera Project 2.0 will take place June 6 and 7 at MACLA in San Jose. Building on the experimental workshop we presented in 2017, this project will unite the story-telling power of opera and rap into a powerful hybrid art form. The principal artists will work with youth at Juvenile Hall and the HUB (a resource center for foster youth) to develop the work, and we will additionally offer opportunities for youth to perform alongside our professional artists. If you missed the 2017 performance, click here to watch a video segment KQED Arts created about it!


The Guild is a special group of volunteers dedicated to supporting opera, Latinx culture, and our San Jose community. Membership requires a $50 donation (before October 1) or 4 hours of volunteer time, and there are a ton of great benefits:
  • Guild members are the first to know about events and performances!
  • Advance ticket sales—be the first to reserve your seat!
  • Your name will be listed in all of our season programs
  • Opportunities to help at events and/or performances
  • An exclusive social event for Guild Members
  • Invitation to perform on stage as a supernumerary (depends on performance)
  • A special gift or memento each season 
You can join the Cultura Guild today by making a donation of $50 or more before October 1. If you are already a donor, please note that a Guild membership donation is separate from any annual donation.