December 6, 2017
St. Francis de los Barrios
Composer:Joseph Waters
Librettist:Allan Havis
Synopsis

This indie-classical, trans-genre rock opera is based on the story of St. Francis of Assisi, updated to present day Tijuana’s red light district zona norte among trans-gender HIV afflicted sex workers living in danger and poverty. Due to homophobia and lack of access to medication there is an HIV and TB epidemic currently raging in this community only a few miles from downtown San Diego.

With a sweep of magical realism, librettist Allan Havis creates a charismatic, bi-sexual rebel in his mystic Francis. Androgynous, world-weary and himself HIV infected, Francis has started working wonders - curing HIV and healing bullet wounds without medicine. As the Pope is soon expected to see this miraculous young sinner,  a corrupt police force wants Francis de los barrios silenced. There's a price on his head...

The music, by Joseph Martin Waters,  ranges from gentle, bossa nova ballads, a 6-part profane motet performed by a doo-wop – beach boys infused a cappella street choir, to metal infused tango-from-hell with wobble-bass electronics.


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