An operatic musical drama
June 28-30, 2019
June 28th at 7:30pm; June 29th at 7:30pm; June 30th at 2pm
Mexican Heritage Theater - School of Arts & Culture @ MHP
1700 Alum Rock Ave.
San Jose , CA 95116
At its core, La Llorona is a story of revenge. Armienta’s musical novella is set in México at the turn of the century. A young Xochil Indian girl falls in love and marries a man of Spanish lineage, but the great Xochil River never forgives her for betraying her people. Twenty years later, her husband betrays her, she goes mad, and the river exacts its revenge by tormenting her until she sacrifices her only child. She will forever weep.
La Llorona is the second in a trilogy of work, Aquas Ancestrales/Ancient Waters, by Héctor Armienta. The trilogy’s central themes and story relate to the spiritual and magical element of water, the role of destiny and free will in our existence, and the lives of the women in Armienta’s family, including his Mexican grandmother, mother and sister. When completed, the trilogy will consist of a bilingual chamber opera (Rio de Mujeres/River of Women), an operatic musical drama (La Llorona/The Weeping Woman), and a full-blown opera (La Muerte/The Murder).
Although the production is primarily in English, the work transcends language, culture and age. Both Latino and non-Latino audiences, first-time theater goers and those familiar with opera, will be captivated by this powerful and breathtaking musical drama.
Friday, June 28th at 7:30pm
(VIP Reception after Friday performance)
Saturday, June 29th at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 30th at 2pm