Latinos go to the Opera - Cuentos
May 21, 2014In March of 2014, Opera Cultura presented Hector Armienta's new song cycle opera, Cuentos de Peregrinacíon - Tales of Pilgrimage at the School of Arts & Culture's Mexican Heritage Theater. The project broke new ground in how it engaged the Latino community through opera. The text for the arias were based on true stories of Mexican immigrants coming to the US and the challenges they face in making the journey. Directed by El Teatro Campesino's Kinan Valdez, the work also provided opportunities for community members to tell their own personal stories and perform them with professional opera singers.
The Collaborative Partners were the School of Arts and Culture @ MHP, Father Jon Pedigo of Guadalupe Church, and El Teatro Campesino. Prior to the first performance, there was also a celebratory March in honor of Cesar Chavez. The March started at Guadalupe Church in East San Jose and continued on to the Mexican Heritate Theater. Participants in the March then walked into the theater to see the performance. Through a new partnership, Cuentos de Peregrinacíon will be performed in August 2014 in Guadalajara Mexico at Teatro Degallado.
The project was made possible by support from the Knight Foundation, the Castellano Family Foundation, Applied Materials Foundation, the Fleishhacker Foundation, the city of San Jose, Silicon Valley Creates and Friends of Opera Cultura.