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Mariachi Opera Hits The Stage


I’ve really tried to like opera over the years but it just doesn’t do anything for me. Maybe it’s that the songs are usually in either Italian or German or maybe it’s because the usual subject matter of ancient myths or barbers getting married do nothing for me. But maybe I’ll be more connected to a Latino opera set to the musical style I heard a lot growing up: mariachi. Ranchera great José “Pepe” Martínez and and playwright Leonard Foglia have created a new show called “El Pasado Nunca Se Termina/The Past Is Never Finished” which is sung in the mariachi style. They previously collaborated on a show called “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” which received rave reviews in the places it was performed. “The Past Is Never Finished” takes place in 1910 and is about a family caught up in the Mexican revolution. Maybe Zapata will sing an aria?

I love the idea of creating opera for people who might not normally go to see an opera. I think I’ll write one that uses traditional Cuban music to tell its story. You think that would sell?

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