Paris Opera Takes on Mexican Immigration Experience

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PARIS -- The Théȃtre Chȃtelet in Paris will premiere “To Cross the Face of the Moon/Cruzar la Cara de la Luna”, a mariachi opera production about Mexican immigration in the United States.

The mariachi opera, the first of its genre, will be performed by the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán along with the Houston Grand Opera.

The production will begin Sept. 23, and will tell the story of the life of Laurentino, a Mexican worker who arrives in the United States as part of the Bracero Program. Laurentino has left behind his country, his wife Renata and his son Rafael.

The libretto of the opera will be in both English and Spanish. The production will include three trumpets, six violins, one harp, a Mexican guitarron, a Mexican vihuela and a guitar that will be
organized in a classic orchestra formation.

Théȃtre Chȃtelet has premiered other productions dealing with the theme of immigration. In 2007, for example, it premiered “Bintou Wéré,” a tribute to music from the Sahel of Africa that dealt with the topic of secret migration to Europe.