Cuentos de Peregrinacion - Tales of Pilgrimage (2014)

A Song Cycle Opera

The song cycle opera retells the heart wrenching and inspirational stories of Mexican Immigrants who have made the arduous journey from Mexico to the US. As described by Hector Armienta,

"This work is intended for the community and those that want to celebrate the contributions of all immigrants - including those within our own family".  The song cycle opera is about an hour long and is comprised of five arias and five interludes. The text is based on stories Armienta has collected from various sources. It premiered in 2014 at the Mexican Heritage Theate in San Jose, directed by Kinan Valdez, and conducted by Temirzhan Yerzhanov. 

    

The project was developed in partnership with the School of Arts and Culture @ MHP, Kinan Valdez of El Teatro Campesino, and Father Jon Pedigo of Guadalupe Church. The first production was funded in part by the Knight Foundation, the Castellano Family Foundation, Applied Materials Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, the Office of Cultural Affairs of San Jose, Silicon Valley Creates and Friends of Opera Cultura. 

Visual artwork by Roberto Romo 

Audio


Yo Viajo en mi Mente

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Synopsis

The song cycle opera retells the heart wrenching and inspirational stories of Mexican Immigrants who have made the arduous journey from Mexico to the US. As described by Hector Armienta, "This work is intended for the community and those that want to celebrate the contributions of all immigrants - including those within our own family".  The song cycle opera is about an hour long and is comprised of five arias ( songs). The text is based on stories Armienta has collected from various sources.  The arias are titled Voy Al Norte (I go to the North), Como Cantan en los Corridos ( Like they Sing in the Folk Songs), Trabajamos en el Campo ( We Worked in the Fields), Wrong Place at the Wrong Time, and Yo Viajo en mi Mente ( I Journey in my Mind).

Production Details

Runtime

45 minutes in duration

VOICES
Soprano
Mezzo Soprano
Tenor

INSTRUMENTATION
Flute
Bb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Piano
Cello

OPTIONAL
There is a community engagement component to the work, which allows community members to participate in the production. 

ARTWORK
Opera Cultura commissioned visual artist Roberto Romo to create six distinct images. Five of them are intended to capture the story told in each aria.