TEXAS STATE, MCCALLUM FINE ARTS ACADEMY TO PREMIERE OPERA INSPIRED BY OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE (OR PATRON SAINT OF MEXICO)
Texas State Opera Theatre announces a joint endeavor with the McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin for the World Premiere of Henry Mollicone’s Children of the Sun, an opera about the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Dr. Samuel Mungo, Director of Texas State Opera Theatre, says the public will love the show.
“Henry Mollicone’s music mixes operatic grandness, Broadway-musical energy and movie-soundtrack sweep,” he says. “His previous works have shown him to be so well connected to the musical sounds of his subjects - 1890’s honky-tonk music in his western The Face on the Barroom Floor, music evoking Slave songs and Gospel in the true story of a slave mother, Gabriel’s Daughter, and Spanish and native idioms in this work focusing on such an icon of Mexican culture.”
This unique collaboration was borne out of a conversation Dr. Mungo had with Helen Miers, Choral Director at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy. “We were discussing ideas where we could serve our talented students and also provide an arts opportunity for the greater community,” says Miers. “Sam remembered a conversation with Henry about this one-act opera, and we saw a great opportunity to combine McCallum’s top notch Choral and Orchestra programs, and the Award winning Texas State Opera. At the same time, we could engage and honor the large Hispanic community in Austin.”
In order to allow for the most access to the performances, tickets to this World Premiere will be free of charge. “Exposing audiences to opera is so much more important to us than a ticket price,” says Mungo. “We’d rather build a community of arts goers, break down the imagined barriers to classical music as inaccessible, and give folks an experience that provides an avenue to new ideas and collaborations.” While tickets are free, you must reserve them through the box office.