To Cross the Face of the Moon / Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
Composer: José Martinez
Composer Bio: José "Pepe" Martínez was born in Tecalitlán, Jalisco, Mexico, and joined his first mariachi band as a violinist at the age of twelve. He began writing music when he was nineteen years old, and in 1966 formed his own mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. In 1975, he joined Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, and his work with that ensemble established him as a composer and arranger, marking a new era for Mariachi Vargas and creating a sonic style that has become synonymous with el mejor mariachi del mundo-the best mariachi in the world. "Somos Novios" and "El Cascabel" are two of the first songs Martínez arranged for his new group; original works such as "Violín Huapango," "Lluvia de cuerdas," "Mexicanísimo," and "Viva Veracruz" with its rapid violin ricochets-a Martínez signature-followed. Today, Martínez continues writing, learning, performing, and breaking new ground in the creation of mariachi music as the music director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.
Librettist: Leonard Foglia
Librettist Bio: Leonard Foglia works in theater and opera as a director and librettist. His opera credits include the premieres of three operas by Jake Heggie-Moby-Dick (The Dallas Opera and in San Diego, Calgary, South Australia, and San Francisco Opera; filmed for PBS's Great Performances); Last Acts (Three Decembers) (HGO, San Francisco, and Chicago), and The End of the Affair (HGO, Madison, and Seattle). His production of Heggie's Dead Man Walking has been presented across the country. His theater credits include the original Broadway productions of Master Class (also national tour and West End), Thurgood (also the Kennedy Center, where it was filmed for HBO), and The People in the Picture as well as the revivals of Wait Until Dark and On Golden Pond. He directed Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy off-Broadway and on tour; it was also filmed for Great Performances. He has written five books with David Richards: the mystery novels 1 Ragged Ridge Road and Face Down in the Park and the thrillers that form the Sudarium Trilogy: The Surrogate, The Son, and The Savior.
Other Artistic Personnel: Leonard Foglia (Director)
Original Cast: Octavio Moreno (Moreno)
Cecilia Duarte (Renata)
David Guzman (Mark)
José “Pepe” Martinez (Chucho)
With Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
Work Web Site: http://www.houstongrandopera.org/tocrossthefaceofthemoon
Premiere Date: November 13, 2010
Producing Company: Houston Grand Opera through its Song of Houston project
Description: Where is home? Is it where we are born? Or where we live most of our lives? Is it with the family we leave behind or with the new ones we create? To Cross the Face of the Moon / Cruzar la Cara de la Luna chronicles three generations of a family, divided by countries and cultures. As a Mexican/American man deals with the approaching death of his father, he is forced to face these questions about his own place in the world – straddling two cultures – as well as that of his immigrant father and his American daughter. As long buried secrets are revealed, he finds himself dramatically re-evaluating his own understanding of what makes a family. Like the Monarch butterflies that migrate every year to the birthplace of his father, the members of the Velasquez family must travel both physically and spiritually between Michoacán and Texas and look deep into their hearts before they learn where they truly belong.
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
Contact: Houston Grand Opera
Schedule of Performances Listings
To Cross the Face of the Moon / Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (Martinez)
Saturday, November 13, 2010 - Houston Grand Opera
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