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  • by José "Pepe" Martínez and Leonard Foglia

World Premiere of a New Mariachi Opera

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán returns March 28 and 29 - cast and artists confirmed below for all performances!

Morelos, Mexico. 1910. The son of a wealthy landowner returns to his parents' home to find his future…only to fall deeply in love with a humble servant girl. As forbidden personal passions burn, so too do political ambitions. It is the eve of the Mexican Revolution. And what happens on the hacienda changes destinies forever.

Here is a gripping, deeply emotional story that takes audiences from long-ago Mexico to present-day Chicago. It is a tale of lovers and freedom fighters, scandal and heroism, hopes and dreams - and the legacy of our ancestors that lives within us all.

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, with music by Pepe Martínez and story by Leonard Foglia, was one of the smash hits of the 2013 season! Be there when Lyric presents the world premiere of their latest collaboration!

"Lyric's fusion of opera and mariachi brought the crowd to its feet!"
Chicago Tribune

Directed by Leonard Foglia


Performances:

Civic Opera House, Chicago
World premiere performances featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

March 28, 7:30pm & March 29, 2pm
Choose dates from the calendar to the right

 

   

 

 

 

El Pasado Nunca Se Termina is generously made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, two Anonymous Donors, OPERA America, Exelon, Ken Norgan, United Scrap Metal, Inc., Mexico Tourism Board, The Field Foundation of Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Hay, Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation, Judy Guitelman & ALAS-Wings, and The PrivateBank, with additional support from Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro Silva, The McDonald's Hispanic Owner/Operators Association, Drs. Joan and Russ Zajtchuk, Maria C. Bechily and Scott Hodes, Douglas A. Doetsch and Susan Manning, and Rosy and Jose Luis Prado.

Media support provided by 105.1-FM "La Que Buena" and Univision Chicago.

Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Hurvis Family Foundation.

 

El Pasado Nunca Se Termina is a co-creation of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera.

 

Starring

  • Abigail Santos Villalobos

    Amorita

    Abigail Santos Villalobos

  • Daniel Montenegro

    Luis

    Daniel Montenegro

  • Paul La Rosa

    Enrique

    Paul La Rosa

  • Ricardo Rivera

    Acalan

    Ricardo Rivera

  • Vanessa Alonzo

    Juana

    Vanessa Alonzo

  • Cassandra Zoe Velasco

    Isabel/Dolores

    Cassandra Zoe Velasco

  • Luis Ledesma

    Augustino

    Luis Ledesma

  • Sebastien E. De La Cruz

    Daniel

    Sebastien E. De La Cruz

  • Octavio Moreno

    Xihuitl

    Octavio Moreno

  • Miguel Nuñez

    Miguel/Hotel Manager

    Miguel Nuñez

  • Leonard Foglia

    Director / Librettist

    Leonard Foglia

  • José "Pepe" Martínez

    Composer

    José "Pepe" Martínez

Abigail Santos Villalobos 

Amorita
Abigail Santos Villalobos*

Daniel Montenegro

Luis
Daniel Montenegro*

Paul La Rosa 

Enrique
Paul La Rosa

Ricardo Rivera 

 

Acalan
Ricardo Rivera*

Vanessa Cerda-Alonzo 

Juana
Vanessa Alonzo

Cassandra Valesco 

Isabel/Dolores
Cassandra Zoe Velasco

Luis Ledesma 

Augustino
Luis Ledesma*

Sebastien de la Cruz 

Daniel
Sebastien E. De La Cruz*

Octavio Moreno 

Xihuitl
Octavio Moreno*

Miguel Nuñez 

Miguel/Hotel Manager
Miguel Nuñez*

Leonard Foglia 

Director / Librettist
Leonard Foglia

José Pepe Martínez 

Composer
José "Pepe" Martínez

*Debut
Ryan Opera Center alumnus