ELIZABETH PATTERSON, SOPRANO
How did you first hear about the folktale of La Llorona?
I first discovered the legend of La Llorona when I auditioned for the 2012 production. The story captivated me. I was excited when Hector offered me the opportunity to help tell the story. La Llorona is often treated as a warning for children to behave themselves, but Hector’s opera is empathetic to the weeping woman. It is a psychologically fascinating retelling.
What are you most excited for in this production?
Carmela always has a spectacular costume! I am excited to dress up as a femme fatale! Carmela’s personality is very different from my own. I love stepping outside of myself to become her.
What’s your favorite part of performing?
I love collaborating with other artists on stage. I would rather sing an ensemble number than an aria any day of the week. Finding chemistry with another performer, experimenting together, that is the best feeling in the world. I believe audiences really respond to it, too, when they see the energy shared between two actors on stage.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Yes, all the time! There are many phenomenal singers out there; it’s easy to doubt yourself. I try to have fun and stay focused. I may be nervous, but the audience doesn’t need to see it.
Do you have a pet?
I have a calico cat named Bubby. She is a bratty cat, but beautiful! She has a heart-shaped spot on her side and lovely green eyes! My voice students are always eager to pet her, but she is selective about who is bestowed this honor.
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Opera Cultura will present three performances of Héctor Armienta's award-winning musical drama La Llorona/The Weeping Woman this June 28-30 at the Mexican Heritage Theater – School of Arts and Culture in San José. These performances will sell out! Get your ticket today at llorona.brownpapertickets.com.