On Sunday, April 7, in the Civic Opera House of Chicago, the Lyric Opera of Chicago presented the premier of “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” [“Crossing the Moon’s Face”], the first ever mariachi opera in the world, with the stellar performing of the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan.
“Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” is a moving story of families, places, and family secrets kept during a lot of years. In the beginning, the patriarch Laurentino abandons his birthplace in the Mexican province of Michoacan and moves to the US where his sons and grandsons are born. Laurentino grows old in the US and at its deathbed he asks that his ashes be transported back to Michoacan. The family complies with his wish but in the process they find out about a wife and son that Laurentino had left in Mexico.
A family divided by different countries and cultures is focused on solving hard conflicts about national and personal identities, family links and the definition of where the home is.
“This very humane story poses a question: Where is my home? Is it in the country we live in or in the country we were born?” says Anthony Freud, general director of the Lyric Opera in Chicago. “All of us are immigrants or descend from immigrants and
“Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” is a captivating dramatic play that reflects this collective experience. It is our story!” “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” will be played in both Spanish and English with subtitles in English and Spanish respectively.