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Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
Photo courtesy of Houston Grand Opera.

Mariachi music isn?t just for margarita-fueled tableside serenades. Fans raced to snatch up tickets to this Sunday?s Civic Opera House performance of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon)--billed as the world?s first mariachi opera--and the performance is, alas, vendido (sold out).

Luckily for us there?s another, more intimate way to catch the production, which has garnered rave reviews in Paris and Houston--and we think it might be even better than scoring those now coveted nosebleed seats.

During four community performances on April 19 and 20 (at Benito Juárez Community Academy in Pilsen) and April 21 (at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan), audiences can experience the passionate bilingual opera about a Mexican-American man facing the death of his immigrant father. 

For these performances--which mark the start of the Lyric?s new pledge to expand its civic footprint--members of the original Cruzar cast will be joined by Mariachi Aztlán, an award-winning group from the University of Texas Pan-American. (Tickets are just $5 to $18, and they?re going fast.)

In a country of immigrants, this tale of family bonds and national identity is one that resonates--no matter where your ancestors hail from.

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