Two Mexican Operas on Two Mexican Drug Traffickers

 

Composer Jorge Sosa

Composer Jorge Sosa

The last full opera performed in American Lyric Theater‘s InsightALT opera fest is Jorge Sosa‘s “La Reina”, about a Mexican drug queenpin, performed on Monday at 7pm (buy tickets here).  You can actually hear a sample aria on Sosa‘s site (under “listen”), so good way to prep.  Here’s ALT‘s trailer for the new opera:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e61G9S78yw&w=350&h=300]

This actually reminded me of another Mexican composer’s chamber opera about a lady drug trafficker: Gabriela Ortiz‘s “¡Unicamente La Verdad!” (“only the truth”), premiered in 2008 at Indiana University and recently performed at Long Beach Opera, California.  This video is from the 2008 IU performance:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf_3LgoOpCI&w=350&h=300]

You can still  buy tickets for the remaining InsightALT operas (“La Reina” on Monday and “The Long Walk” tomorrow, at 7pm), and if you can’t make it in person, they’ll also be live-streamed here.

 

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