El Pasado Nunca Se Termina (The Past is Never Finished)
Composer: José “Pepe” Martínez
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. Cruzar la Cara de la Luna was his first opera.
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.
Original Cast: Abigail Santos Villalobos (Amorita)
Daniel Montenegro (Luis)
Paul La Rosa (Enrique)
Ricardo Rivera (Acalan)
Vanessa Cerda-Alonzo (Juano)
Kirstin Chávez (Isabel/Dolores)
Luis Ledesma (Augustino)
Sebastien de la Cruz (Daniel)
Work Web Site: http://www.lyricopera.org/pasado/
Premiere Date: March 28, 2015
Description: Described as a "mariachi opera," El Pasado Nunca Se Termina begins on the eve of the Mexican Revolution when a smoldering restlessness fueled by abject poverty permeated the country. Peasants turned into soldiers and soldiers into revolutionaries who sought to reclaim land that had been theirs for centuries.  It is set on a hacienda in Morelos, south-central Mexico in 1910.  Cultures clash causing conflicts to boil to the surface and that will impact generations to come. Some will emerge to change the face of Mexico while others will become the new face of the American Dream.

Character List (Major): Amorita (soprano)
Luis (tenor)
Enrique (baritone)
Acalan (baritone)

Character List (Minor): Juana
Isabel/Dolores
Luis Ledesma
Daniel
Length: 01:15
Total Acts: 1
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