La Llorona

  Opera Cultura - A Latino - Hispanic Opera Company


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. 


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 inaugural Canto: Online Vocal Competition and Canto: New Voices Concert, and the West Coast premiere of Bless, Me Ultima. The Canto: Online Vocal Competition returns for its second year in February 2019. Coming to San Jose in June 2019 - La Llorona/The Weeping Woman - an operatic musical drama by Héctor Armienta.

Opera Cultura staff
Héctor Armienta, Artistic Director & Composer (center)
Tamara Liu, Administrator - Consultant (left)
Alexa Anderson, Associate Artistic Producer (right)

Kathryn Blackmer-Reyes
Anita Garcia
Elizabeth Hernandez