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Mariachi Opera Tells Of An Immigrant Family Divided By The Border

A production from Houston Grand Opera is performed in Spanish with a soundtrack of mariachi music.

Mariachi Opera
A scene from Houston Grand Opera’s mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon).

Opera is usually performed in languages like Italian, German, French, or English with a classical music soundtrack. However, a production from Houston Grand Opera is in Spanish with a soundtrack of mariachi music.

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon) tells an all-too familiar story these days – an immigrant family divided by the U.S.-Mexico border.

The performance features music from the Grammy Award-winning group Mariachi Los Camperos and will be staged at HGO’s Resilience Theater at the George R. Brown Convention Center May 17, 19 and 20.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with three of the show’s cast members: Cecilia Duarte, who plays Renata, Octavio Moreno, who plays the role of Laurentino, and Efrain Solis, who plays Mark.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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