River of Women/Rio de Mujeres
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
Other Artistic Personnel: Jose Maria Condemi (director)
Work Web Site: http://www.operacultura.org/works/rio_mujeres
Premiere Date: May 04, 2001
Producing Company: Music Theater Collaborative
Description: An Hispanic opera that is Part II of the Aguas Ancestrales Trilogy, “River of Women/Rio de Mujeres” takes place in San Antonio, Texas during the 1940's. The plot centers around one woman's dream to escape the rural life of the river in order to seek a better life for herself and her only child, but is thwarted by both her family (her mother) and an oppressive culture. Having disgraced the family by having had an illegitimate child, she is expected to marry a man she does not love in order to bring honor to her name. In the end, the spirit of the river and La Llorona, claim both her dreams and the life of her only daughter. La Llorona/ The Weeping Woman is a mythic character from Mexico, who is in search of the children she lost to the river.
courtesy of Hector Armienta
Character List (Major): Paula (sop)
Elisa (sop)

Character List (Minor): Cayetana (ms)
Marta (sop)
Blas (ten)
Cipriano (bar)

Comments: The work is a trilogy.The composer is now completing the first part "La Llorona"
Length: 01:10
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: 16 players
Musical Style: Chamber opera; lyrical contemporary, incorporating Mexican musical idioms
Contact: Henry Garza
Address: 10726 Beverly Ave,
Oakland, CA 94603
E-mail Address: info@operacultura.org
Phone: (415) 845-7216
Composer Web Site: www.hectorarmienta.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.operacultura.org
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