Guadalupe WORLD PREMIERE
Production week for ASU Lyric Opera Theatre's WORLD PREMIERE of GUADALUPE is fully underway!! This is not a show you will want to miss! Many exciting things surround this premiere, including internationally acclaimed Met Mezzo-Soprano/Soprano ISOLA JONES playing the Virgen de Guadalupe for 2 of the 4 performances (a part written specifically for her). Isola performed 16 seasons at the Met spanning 505 performances and 10 Live at the Met Broadcasts.
The premiere also includes two illustrious guest artists, R. CARLOS NAKAI and XAVIER YXAYOTL, highly regarded, and award-winning musicians specializing in Native music of the Americas. The orchestra includes many Native instruments played and crafted by these artists.
All of this as well as the ASU Chamber Singers performing as the chorus and the opera being performed only a few weeks before the lead character, Juan Diego's, real Catholic feast day in mid-December. The music is both primal and breathtaking and composed by ASU's own Dr. James DeMars with a libretto put together by Dr. DeMars and stage director, Graham Whitehead, among others. See UPCOMING tab for dates and ticket information!!
From this story's premiere as a cantata: "As the last notes faded I sat awestruck... this opera was a milestone in the history of contemporary music." Latino Perspectives