Witness the return of the world’s first mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

Photo: Sarah Shatz, courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

Delight in the vibrant mariachi music and heartwarming tale of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon) at the HGO Resilience Theater at George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown, from Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Since Houston Grand Opera (HGO) premiered the world’s first mariachi opera in 2010, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna has toured cities across the world. It rewards audiences with a remarkable story of immigration that spans multiple generations, cultures, and locations.

In this beloved mariachi opera, audiences will experience the story of a Mexican-American man caught between two cultures.

As he navigates his immigrant father’s experiences and his own as a first-generation American, he quickly discovers what it means to be a family.

Featuring rich, lively mariachi music and delightful voices, one family’s journey over 50 years comes to life on stage, shifting between the past and the present, Mexico and Texas, Spanish and English.

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Photo: Sarah Shatz, courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

First Ever Mariachi Opera

The first opera composed for mariachi, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna‘s score is performed by the Grammy-winning Los Angeles-based Mariachi Los Camperos.

Composed by José “Pepe” Martinez with libretto by Leonard Foglia, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna is a unique operatic experience not to be missed at the HGO Resilience Theater at George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown.

International Praise for Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

“This could be a wrenching personal story ripped from today’s news to illustrate the struggles of undocumented immigrants who feel strong bonds to their homeland but want to get ahead in America.” — The New York Times  

“It is a portrait of the history of migrant families, an ode to the bravery of all those who have crossed the face of the moon and that line is now more marked than ever.” — Mexico City’s La Jornada

“The music, pretty irresistible from start to finish, ranges from swirling, foot-stomping celebration to romantic waltz to soaring aria.” — Dallas Morning News

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Photo: Felix Sanchez, courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

HGO Resilience Theater at George R. Brown Convention Center

Traditionally, Houston Grand Opera performs at the Wortham Theater Center in the Theater District, which was damaged during Hurricane Harvey.

With hurricane recovery efforts currently underway at the Wortham, the George R. Brown Convention Center has provided a unique space for Houston Grand Opera performances while adhering to the high artistic quality that opera patrons have come to expect.

You’ll find HGO Resilience Theater on the third floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center, in Exhibit Hall A3.

Parking is available in the Avenida North Garage located at 1815 Rusk Street.

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Photo: Felix Sanchez, courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

About Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera is one of the largest, most innovative, and most highly acclaimed opera companies in the United States, and was the only American finalist for Opera Company of the Year at the 2017 International Opera Awards.

In fulfilling its mission to advance the operatic art to serve an ever-evolving audience, HGO has led the field in commissioning new works (63 world premieres to date), as well as in training and nurturing promising young artists and administrators.

HGO contributes to the cultural enrichment of Houston and the nation through a diverse and innovative program of performances, community events, and education projects that reach the widest possible public.

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna at HGO Resilience Theater

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