2017 Fort Worth Opera Festival presents Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
The second phase of FWOpera’s Opera of the Americas’ initiative kicks off with the exhilarating mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon), featuring the world-famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. A one-of-a-kind operatic experience, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna blends the folk traditions of mariachi music with opera, to tell a gripping story of a family divided by borders and their struggle to exist between two cultures.
The work will introduce FWOpera audiences to a cast of fresh faces, all making their Festival debuts. Leading the cast is Octavio Moreno as Laurentino – a dying grandfather whose memories carry the audience between his past and present. Joining him is Brian Shircliffe as his American son Mark and David Guzman as his Mexican son Rafael. Mark’s daughter Diana is sung by Brittany Wheeler and Cecilia Duarte plays Laurentino’s wife, Renata. Leonard Foglia will make his FWOpera Festival directorial debut with musical direction by Jose “Pepe” Martinez.