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Llorona Artist Spotlight - Kimberley Anjal

May 30, 2019

as Francisca (Spirit Woman)

How did you first hear about the folk tale of La Llorona?

I had the privilege of learning about it last year when Hector mentioned he was working on the project. Naturally, I was curious and wanted to learn more, so I took the opportunity to browse the website to learn more about the backstory and previous performances of the show.

What are you most excited for in this production?

To have the chance to work with Hector again and really delve into the multiple facets of my assigned role.

Who are you inspired by?

I would say that it's a tie between my mom and my voice teacher. They are both shining examples of strength, tenacity, dedication, love & talent in my life and I feel lucky every day to have them both.

What’s your most embarrassing moment on stage?

In an opening night performance with Opera San Jose a few years ago, there was a point where a group of us had to run quickly across the stage. The dress I was wearing was a bit too long and I did a baseball type slide across the stage in the pandemonium. It actually had a happy ending, as the director applauded me for how realistic it looked and wondered if I had improvised it into the staging.

What’s your favorite part about performing? Your least favorite part?

For as long as I can remember, performing has been a huge part of my life. I truly love getting the chance to learn about the characters I've had the chance to be and being able to draw the audience into the story so that they have the chance to love and appreciate it like I do. I don't really think I have a part that I dislike, as I truly believe that everything is a learning experience & something that helps you grow as an individual.

What advice would you have for singers preparing for a career in opera?

Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't accomplish something and never be afraid to try something. Although there will be challenges along the way, there will also be people who will be in your corner that are committed to seeing you thrive in your career aspirations.

If you weren’t pursuing opera, what would you be doing instead?

I would likely be involved in plays or musical theater, in addition to my current career in real estate.

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Opera Cultura will present three performances of Héctor Armienta's award-winning musical drama La Llorona/The Weeping Woman this June 28-30 at the Mexican Heritage Theater – School of Arts and Culture in San José. These performances will sell out! Get your ticket today at llorona.brownpapertickets.com.