Featuring music by José “Pepe” Martínez of the world-famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna has been praised by critics in Houston, Chicago, Phoenix, and Paris as a “stunning and emotional work” (Houston Chronicle). A one-of-a-kind operatic experience, the opera blends the folk traditions of mariachi music with opera, to tell a gripping story of a family divided by borders and their struggle to exist between two cultures.
Noches de Ópera Events
Each generation tells stories that capture the spirit of an era. Through art and expression we celebrate those narratives both old and new, as they give voice to the human experience. Our culture is enriched by its heritage and shaped by tradition, but the strength and vibrancy of our community lies within its diversity. The time has come to celebrate one another and tell new stories for a new generation. It is time for Noches de Ópera. A bold new initiative, Fort Worth Opera’s Noches de Ópera is a historic, four-year commitment to the exploration and production of contemporary Spanish–language operas, presented alongside an engaging line-up of community outreach programs. Through the powerful art of musical storytelling, Noches de Ópera strives to foster dialogue and inclusiveness, reach new audiences, and build stronger connections within the Latino community, while honoring the beauty of Fort Worth’s rich cultural mosaic.
Part academic lecture, part musical journey, this fascinating night of sight and sound will explore the birth of Mariachi during the 19th century, as it developed throughout the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, and Michoacán, who all claim its origin. Dr. Donna T. Emmanuel of the University of North Texas, will delve into the history and the evolution of Mariachi tradition, alongside curated audio selections and thrilling live performances. A celebration of life in baptisms, weddings, holidays, and funerals, Mariachi enriches Fort Worth’s cultural landscape, and continues to be an essential form of entertainment and ceremony for all. Tickets to this event are free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged.
Thursday, March 9, 2017. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
FWOpera’s incredible Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artists will collaborate with Guitar Fort Worth and Ballet Folklorico Azteca de Fort Worth in a celebration of Mexican artist Jan Barboglio, at the new Neiman Marcus. Featuring a sizzling set of red-hot Spanish Zarzuela arias, this colorful performance highlights the rich diversity of Fort Worth’s arts organizations and Barboglio’s gorgeous, old Mexico-themed designs, which have blossomed into an extensive home accessories and furniture collection sold at Neiman Marcus and other fine specialty stores. The artist will be on site to discuss her designs and raffle tickets will be available for purchase, to win beautiful pieces signed by Jan Barboglio herself.
Thursday, March 23, 2017. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
The Shops at Clearfork
5200 Monahans Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas 76109