New York City Opera 2017-18 Preview: New York Gets First-Ever Mariachi Opera ‘Cruzar la Cara de la Luna’

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The New York City Opera will showcase the mariachi opera “Cruzar La Cara de La Luna” this weekend. It will be the New York Premiere of the opera by Jose “Pepe” Martinez. The libretto for the work is by Leonard Foglia.

The opera will get its first performance on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with subsequent performances due on the 26, 27, and 28.

The opera is dubbed as the world’s first-ever mariachi opera and tells the story of “an immigrant family divided by the U.S./Mexican border.” It has earned raves from critics and audiences worldwide.

The work had its world premiered in 2010 at the Houston Grand Opera and is set to star Octavio Moreno, Cecilia Duarte, Efraín Solís, Maria Valdes, Daniel Montenegro, Vanessa Alonzo, Miguel de Aranda, and Miguel Nuñez.

David Hanlon conducts. All performances take place at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

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