La Llorona - The Weeping Woman
Composer: Hector Armienta
Composer Bio: Hector Armienta, a nationally recognized Mexican-American composer, focuses on creating work that explores the Mexican and Mexican-American cultural experience. His awards and commissions include those from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, Opera Pacific, the Pacific Symphony, two San Francisco Arts Commissions, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Western Stage Theater. His work for orchestra and theater has received support from three NEA grants in artistic excellence.
Librettist: Hector Armienta
Work Web Site: http://www.operacultura.org/works/La-LloronaThe-Weeping-Woman
Premiere Date: September 12, 2008
Producing Company: Western Stage
Description:

A contemporary Zarzuela (musical drama)

Mexico at the turn of the century. A young Xochil Indian girl falls desperately in love with a man of Spanish lineage, angering he great Xochil river. Twenty years later she is married, and the river takes its revenge upon her. Her husband betrays her, she goes mad, and the river torments her until she sacrifices her only child, Sara. She will forever weep. La Llorona is Part I of Armienta’s trilogy, Aguas Ancestrales/Ancient Waters. 

Character List (Major): Maria (ms)
Sara (s)
Antonio (t)

Character List (Minor): Carmela (s)
Chilam Balam (bar)
Don Rafael (bar)
Serafina (ms)
Ana (s)
Lucia (s) 

Comments: La Llorona is a hybrid between opera and a musical drama. The work received an NEA grant in artistic excellence and has been performed to sold out houses, both in California and in New York. The legend of La Llorona is the most widely known folk tale among those of Hispanic/Latino descent. It is part of the Aguas Ancestrales Trilogy. Rio de Mujeres is Part II. 
Length: 01:40
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: There is a chorus.
Orchestration:

Option 1: Fl/Picc, 2 Cl, Cello, Piano

Option 2: Flute/Piccolo, 1 Oboe, 2 Clarinets, 1 Bassoon, Horn in F, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Keyboard (Piano, strings), Violin, Double Bass
Musical Style: Lyrical, incorporates Mexican musical idioms.  It is a hybrid between Spanish opera and musical drama.
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