Caminos a la ópera is Lyric Unlimited’s Latino audience development initiative which develops and expands Lyric's commitment to Chicago’s Latino community through partnership, engagement, and collaboration. Through Caminos, Lyric Unlimited creates and presents new and culturally-relevant works, host events with partner organizations in community venues, and fosters enduring relationships with Latino audiences.
In 2013 Lyric Unlimited presented the Midwest premiere of Cruzar la cara de la luna, the world’s first mariachi opera, to sold-out audiences at the Civic Opera House with additional performances in Pilsen and Waukegan. The following year Lyric Unlimited created a special musical performance, Canciones y arias, which was presented in Pilsen in 2014. After the success of Cruzar and Canciones, Lyric Unlimited commissioned a second mariachi opera, El Pasado Nunca Se Termina, which premiered in March of 2015 with performances in Pilsen, Waukegan, and at the Civic Opera House.
To enhance the presentations of these new works, Lyric Unlimited created a broad range of community engagement activities in collaboration with schools, libraries, cultural centers and other community-based cultural institutions. A particular focus has been the support of youth mariachi groups and programs, which highlight the singing culture of mariachi music and reflect the cultural vibrancy of Chicago’s Mexican communities now and in the future.
In the 2015/16 season, Lyric Unlimited is expanding this effort to include other Latino communities in Chicago through a wide range of activities including community events featuring Lyric artists, collaborations with community-based organizations, and dedicated events at the Civic Opera House for Lyric Opera performances.
Caminos a la ópera is supported by U.S. Bank.