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With the performance of soloists of international and national projection and the participation of voices trained at the Municipal Arts Center of the Instituto de Cultura de Mazatlán, the Mazatlán Opera Season 2024, place this city at the top of the national opera scene with the staging of five productions, including a national premiere (Mese Mariano) and a local premiere (Rigoletto), during the months of March, May, June and October 2024.

The above was reported today at a press conference chaired by the General Director of the Instituto Municipal de Cultura, Turismo y Arte de Mazatlán, Raúl Rico González; Patricia Pérez, Rodrigo Caravantes and Mónica Armas, from Escena 77; María Murillo, Director of the Ángela Peralta Choir and the Artistic Director of CULTURA, Abril Márquez.

At the conference it was highlighted that with this project – with the accompaniment of the Camerata Mazatlán and the voices of the Ángela Peralta Choir, the Children’s Choir and the orchestral direction of Gordon Campbell and Sergio Freeman – Mazatlán is placed at the level of Mexico City regarding the production of operas.

“The truth is that in Mexico there is no one, no cultural institute, no orchestra that presents five operas a year, only the National Institute of Fine Arts that presents its annual season and now the Instituto de Cultura de Mazatlán is going to be at the forefront.” to be par with Bellas Artes presenting five operas, including a premiere in Mexico,” said soprano Patricia Pérez.

The Opera Season will stage: Don Giovanni (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) on March 15 and 16; Stories discordant with the staging of the operas: Mese Mariano (Mariano Month) by composer Umberto Giordano with a libretto by Salvatore Di Giacomo; La Cambiole di Matrimonio (In a marriage contract) by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Gaetano Rossi, on the 17th and May 18th; Elixir of Love (music by Gaetano Donizetti and libretto by Felice Romani), on June 28th and 29th and Rigoletto, by Giuseppe Verdi, on October 11th and 12th.

Raúl Rico González, General Director of the Instituto de Cultura de Mazatlán, was present at the press conference called for the launch of this project supported by CULTURA, the federal government institutions and private initiatives (Herdez and Inbursa).

The municipal official expressed that there will be five operas, five wonderful selections that some were also adapted to our environment and the proposals range from the influence of the Yoreme culture to our positions, for example in Elixir de Amor, where there is a wedding and a singer who will turned around Adina but they tell him that she has a lot of money and finally his interest is piqued.

Raúl Rico highlighted the staging of the opera Rigoletto (which has never been performed in its entirety in Mazatlán), in which the main role will be played by Baritone José Adán Pérez.

“We are very pleased that five operas can be presented in Mazatlán between now and the month of October, there are not many places in the country that can achieve this, there is support from the federal government and the private initiative…later on we will present another opera by large format in which the OSSLA and great singers will participate,” he added.

In turn, Rodrigo Caravantes highlighted that the staging of Don Giovanni features Germán Olvera in its main role, who will return to sing in Mexico after several years, since after his debut in Bellas Artes, in 2013, he has not returned to sing a complete role in this country.

Don Giovanni

The proposal seeks to connect the original script with traditions that are little known at the national level, but still exist and are rooted in the ethnic groups and their communities that survive in Nayarit, Sinaloa, Sonora and Chihuahua.

Death is inherent to life, that is the first foundation of the proposal; Death is a key theme in Lorenzo Da Ponte’s libretto. The opera begins with the death of the Commander and ends with the death of Don Giovanni. Added to this is the fact that Don Giovanni is a libertine, a mocker of women who boasts of his conquests and disgraces.
Death in Mexico consists of a great tradition; The passage between life and death, between those two worlds, is reflected in the festivities of Holy Week and Day of the Dead that the evangelizers of northwest Mexico could not disappear.
“That is why we propose this musical and scenic proposal as a tribute to our ethnic groups, mainly to Paquimé and the Yoremes; as a meeting point with one of the most famous stories in world opera,” explained Patricia Pérez.

The proposal is to generate this universal connection of death with the traditions, textures, images of our ethnic groups in the northwest of the Mexican Republic, through a scenography inspired by a cemetery, with large blocks signifying a small labyrinth like that of a pre-Hispanic cemetery, and in the same way, we will give the texture of stone slabs and we will have a textured earthen floor, which gives us the feeling of a path to another place out of this world.


Germán Olvera – Don Giovanni
Pablo Aranday – Leporello
José Miguel Valenzuela – Commendatore
Karen Barraza – Donna Anna
Hector Valle – Don Ottavio
Patricia Pérez – Donna Elvira
Fernanda Osuna – Zerlina
José Miguel Lora – Masetto

Elixir of love

The artistic proposal of this staging is to give a twist to the original concept to make it fresh and attractive, taking powerful values such as freedom, love and reality as a central route, while seeking to expose issues such as social inequality, discrimination, in the same way, applying the inclusion of people with various disabilities.

Locked in a psychiatric hospital, the characters will develop a timeless story with music in a unique universe. In this way we find total similarity and congruence in a great metaphor for life itself.


Carlos Velázquez – Nemorino
Mariana Ruvalcaba – Adina
Daniel Gallegos – Belcore
Esteban Baltazar – Dulcamara
Hildelisa Hangis – Gianetta

discordant stories

It is the staging of the operas: Mese Mariano (Marian Month) by the composer Umberto Giordano with a libretto by Salvatore Di Giacomo and La Cambiole di Marriage (In a Marriage Contract) by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Gaetano Rossi.
Three performances will be presented at the Ángela Peralta Theater in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, in May 2024, one of the performances will be open to the public aimed at middle school and high school students.

The presentation of Historias discordantes has four fundamental arguments: offering a double show to the public, promoting local talents, generating new audiences due to the proximity to the stories and refreshing the options of the opera billboard in the Port of Mazatlán.


Mese Mariano (Marian month)

Carmela: Karla Isabel Arce García
The Contessa: Alelhi Montelongo
Rettore: Gerardo Sosa
The Superior: Mariela Angulo
Sister Pazienza: Ángela Rodríguez
Celeste Sister: Darynka Olmos
Sister Cristina: Itzel Furichi
Sister Maria: Paulina Soria
Sister Agnese: Evelyn Serna
Children’s Choir of the Institute of Culture

Cast La Cambiale di Matrimonio (The Marriage Contract)

José Miguel Valenzuela – Tobia Mill
Fernanda Osuna – Fanny
Eduardo Tapia – Edoardo Milfort
José Miguel Lora – Slook
Jorge Palacios – Norton
Radha Murillo – Clarina

Rigoletto, by Giuseppe Verdi

The concept proposed for this staging will represent any Latin American city today, in which areas of great purchasing power coexist with marginalized areas with few resources. This duality is a constant, so the public can feel identified regardless of their place of origin, which is why the immediate reflection of this proposal is aimed at generating empathy.
Revenge is a reaction that has occurred at different stages of humanity and is still a gesture with which we live every day. Unfortunately, revenge as a consequence of violence and insecurity is all too familiar to us; every day we can see stories in the news that seem to be inspired by what Verdi and Piave propose in this masterpiece.
In a contemporary Mexico where living on minimum wage is not the same as having a micro or medium-sized business, nor is it understandable that there are candidates for the richest men in the world, that is a reality in which a classic of the Opera.


José Adán Pérez Aguilar, Rigoletto
Anabel de la Mora Niebla, Gilda
Edgar Villalba Arreola, Duca di Mantua
José Miguel Valenzuela Cárdenas, Sparafucile
Sarah Holcombe Urquijo, Maddalena
Noel Jacinto Osuna Molina, Count Monterone
Flor Liliana Estrada Hernández, Giovanna
Jorge de Jesús Palacios Hernández, Marullo
Alfredo Torres Guerrero, Matteo Borsa
Juan Manuel Vázquez Meza, Count Ceprano
Angela Patricia Rodríguez Juárez, Countess Ceprano

Mazatlán Opera Season 2024

Don Giovanni / opera
Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th
8:00 p.m.
Angela Peralta Theater

Ticket cost:
Orchestra – $520 pesos
First balcony – $480
Second balcony – $420
Third balcony – $380

Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th
8:00 p.m. Discordant Stories / opera
Angela Peralta Theater

Ticket cost:
Orchestra – $420 pesos
First balcony – $380
Second balcony – $320
Third balcony – $280

Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th
8:00 p.m. Elixir of Love / opera
Angela Peralta Theater

Ticket cost:
Orchestra – $450 pesos
First balcony – $400
Second balcony – $350
Third balcony – $320

Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th
8:00 p.m. Rigoletto / opera
Angela Peralta Theater

Ticket cost:
Orchestra – $520 pesos
First balcony – $480
Second balcony – $420
Third balcony – $380

Éste artículo fue publicado en Angela Peralta Theater Press, Artistic Education Press, Press. .

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