Opera Cultura - A Latino - Hispanic Opera CompanyMISSION
Our mission is to explore the Latino-Hispanic cultural experience through music theater and opera, while providing opportunities for the community to participate as creators, learners, and performers. We accomplish this by presenting the work of composer Héctor Armienta, showcasing other artists, and training young people in the performing arts. By doing so, we create a cultural bridge between communities.HISTORY
Our programming in the past has included presenting Latino-Hispanic opera, collaborating with Latino-based arts organizations, and providing training for young people in the performing arts. While San Jose remains our artistic home, we have also presented and co-presented in New York, Washington, D.C., and México. Notable performances include La LLorona, Rio de Mujéres, Bless Me, Ultima, and Armienta's immigration song cycle opera Cuentos de Peregrinacíon. Cuentos has been performed in San Jose and in Guadalajara, México's Degollado Theater. Opera Cultura also initiated the Arte Sin Fronteras (Art Without Borders) Initiative, a cross-cultural exchange between San Jose, CA and Guadalajara, México.
Recent events include: two public performances and a school tour of the bilingual children's opera Coyotes and Rabbits, a workshop performance of The Rap Opera Project, the first Canto Online Vocal Competition, and the West Coast premiere of Bless Me, Ultima. Upcoming is the inaugural Canto: New Voices Concert featuring winners of the Canto Online Vocal Competition, which is the finale in a series of events planned for National Hispanic Heritage Month. The 2018-2019 season will also include the 2nd annual Canto Online Vocal Competition, and full production of La Llorona.