An operatic musical drama
June 28-30, 2019
Mexican Heritage Theater - School of Arts & Culture @ MHP
1700 Alum Rock Ave.
San Jose , CA 95116
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.
La Llorona/The Weeping Woman is an award-winning operatic musical drama created by composer Héctor Armienta. The production is based on a folk legend well-known throughout México and the American Southwest. “Anyone who has ancestral roots in México knows this epic legend that has been told and retold in diverse ways by many cultures and through generations of storytellers,” says composer Armienta. “Some would say that La Llorona is the Mexican Medea.” Medea is an ancient Greek myth that inspired the tragedy written by Euripides of the same name.
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.