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.
Fort Worth Opera, in partnership with Telemundo, celebrates the first year of its bold new initiative, Noches de Ópera (Nights of Opera), with Fiesta Fort Worth, a family-friendly party in Sundance Square Plaza featuring a simulcast of the smash-hit mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna for thousands of spectators.
This free event honors the incredible cultural diversity of our North Texas community and celebrates Latino culture and heritage while offering everyone across Fort Worth an opportunity to see the world’s first mariachi opera, featuring the legendary Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.