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 accomplishthis by presenting the work of composer Hector 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, 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, and Canto - an online vocal competition. Upcoming is the premiere of Bless Me Ultima, a new opera on the power of destiny based on Rudolfo Anaya's epic novel.