March 29, 2014 | Opera Cultura
Cuentos de Peregrinacion (Tales of Pilgrimage)
Composer:Hector Armienta
Librettist:Hector Armienta
Synopsis
Cuentos de Peregrinacion retells the heart-wrenching and inspirational stories of Mexican immigrants who have made the arduous journey from Mexico to the United States. As described by Hector Armienta, “This work is intended for the community and those that want to celebrate the contributions of all immigrants — including those within our own family." The song cycle opera is comprised of five arias. The text is based on stories Armienta has collected from various sources. 
Cuentos is intended to break barriers and conceptions of opera. For that reason, there is spoken text in between the arias, and the work is called a song cycle opera. The community members that participated in the project developed text based on their real-life experiences. The text in the arias are transcriptions (with some modifications by myself) of those I interviewed for the project. I plan to develop part two of Cuentos, which focuses on family members that live on both sides of the border. Opera Cultura is seeking partners in the development of this project. 

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