Arianne Marcee

El Paso Opera singers bring music to the neighborhoods

Jun 26, 2020
El Paso Opera

Although the Covid19 pandemic forced El Paso Opera to cancel its spring productions in March, the organization came up with an innovative way to keep the music alive: bring opera to the streets and parks of El Paso. Throughout the summer, they are offering Curbside Concerts where opera singers perform on the back of a company truck in public spaces and at private residences, allowing listeners to keep a safe distance from the performers.

Leora Zeitlin

One of the world’s most beloved operas, “Pagliacci,” presents a play within a play (or, more properly, an opera within an opera) that tells a story of love, infidelity, jealousy and revenge that blurs the line between art and life. El Paso Opera is presenting two performances this month at St. Rogers Depot, the 1903 downtown building that has been redesigned as an entertainment space. Arianne Marcee, executive director of El Paso Opera, said “we’re creating an opera pop-up theatre inside the venue space,” presenting “a traditional opera […] in a very untraditional way.”

Leora Zeitlin

As part of its 25th anniversary year celebrations, El Paso Opera chose a production that would fully reflect life on the southern border. “Cruzar la Cara del la Luna,” billed as “the world’s first mariachi opera,” crosses both artistic and musical borders even as it tells a story of a family crossing national borders.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with El Paso Opera Executive Director, Arianne Marcee to talk to us about the world’s first Mariachi opera, “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna,” to cross the face of the moon. The bilingual performance is a story of a Mexican-American man caught between two cultures.

Leora Zeitlin

It will be a night of Mozart, mountains, and even a little mariachi music when El Paso Opera offers its first-ever “Mozart by Moonlight” concert at McKelligon Canyon this Saturday night. Four opera singers from the region will join four young performers and a 30-piece orchestra to perform arias from four of Mozart’s operas in a concert performance led by conductor Bohuslav Rattay.