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Jay Leno Is In The House, Plus Meet The Stars Of HGO’s Christmas Mariachi Opera

One of the biggest names in comedy comes to Houston, and a new opera offers a uniquely told story of family and togetherness for the holidays.

  • Jay Leno and Houston Grand Opera's "El Milagro del Recuerdo" (Photo Credit: Jay Leno and Lynn Lane)
    Jay Leno and Houston Grand Opera's "El Milagro del Recuerdo" (Photo Credit: Jay Leno and Lynn Lane)
  • Jay Leno (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jay Leno)
    Jay Leno (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jay Leno)
  • Jay Leno (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jay Leno)
    Jay Leno (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jay Leno)
  • Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano (Photo Credit: Shannon Langman Photography)
    Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano (Photo Credit: Shannon Langman Photography)
  • Daniel Noyola, bass (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Grand Opera)
    Daniel Noyola, bass (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Grand Opera)
  • Trio Chapultepec, Texas-based mariachi trio, opens HGO’s 67th world premiere "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Trio Chapultepec, Texas-based mariachi trio, opens HGO’s 67th world premiere "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • (L to R) Cecilia Duarte as Renta,  Daniel Noyola as Laurentino, and Xedrick Jabier as their son Rafael in "El Milagro del Recuerdo."  (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    (L to R) Cecilia Duarte as Renta, Daniel Noyola as Laurentino, and Xedrick Jabier as their son Rafael in "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • (L to R) Cecilia Duarte as Renta (far back), Daniel Noyola as Laurentino (Santa suit), and Xedrick Jabier as their son Rafael in "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    (L to R) Cecilia Duarte as Renta (far back), Daniel Noyola as Laurentino (Santa suit), and Xedrick Jabier as their son Rafael in "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • (L to R) Children, Miguel de Aranda as Chucho, and Rafael Moras as Father Matias in "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    (L to R) Children, Miguel de Aranda as Chucho, and Rafael Moras as Father Matias in "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • (L to R) Cecilia Duarte as Renta and Daniel Noyola as Laurentino in "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    (L to R) Cecilia Duarte as Renta and Daniel Noyola as Laurentino in "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • (L to R) Trio Chapultepec, Miguel de Aranda as Chucho, and Vanessa Alonzo as Lupita in "El Milagro del Recuerdo."  (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    (L to R) Trio Chapultepec, Miguel de Aranda as Chucho, and Vanessa Alonzo as Lupita in "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • (L to R) Daniel Noyola as Laurentino, Xedrick Jabier as Rafael, and Vanessa Becerra as La Mujer in "El Milagro del Recuerdo."  (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    (L to R) Daniel Noyola as Laurentino, Xedrick Jabier as Rafael, and Vanessa Becerra as La Mujer in "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • Cast of HGO’s 67th world premiere "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Cast of HGO’s 67th world premiere "El Milagro del Recuerdo." (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)

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In this episode of the podcast "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Ernie Manouse chats with longtime "Tonight Show" host, stand-up comedian, voiceover artist, author and speaker Jay Leno, known to many as "the hardest working man in show business." Society for the Performing Arts presents An Evening with Jay Leno on December 6 at Jones Hall.

Then, Catherine Lu interviews mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte and bass Daniel Noyola, two of the stars of Houston Grand Opera's World Premiere mariachi opera, El Milagro del Recuerdo (The Miracle of Remembering). Composed by Javier Martínez with libretto by Leonard Foglia, it’s only the third mariachi opera ever to be written. Set in Michoacán, Mexico in 1962 at Christmas, the story is a prequel to 2010's Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. Performances are December 5-22 at the Wortham Center.

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Music used: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Closing Credits Theme and Houston Grand Opera's El Milagro del Recuerdo trailer

 

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Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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