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Past the Checkpoints
  • PAST THE CHECKPOINTS

    Concert Opera + Community Conversation
    Friday, September 19, 7pm + Saturday, September 20, 4pm*
    Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr.
    * Join us for a community conversation following the Saturday performance.

    FREE admission–no reservations required! Donations will be accepted at the door in support of Talento Bilingüe.

    ABOUT THE OPERA
    Gabriel is the best trumpet player at Rio Grande City High School, a dutiful son–and undocumented. When he has a chance to attend a top music school, he must to choose between opportunity and safety, secrecy and trust.


    Past the Checkpoints
     is based on the real-life experiences of mariachi trumpeter David Moreno. David's story of growing up undocumented in Texas came to the attention of Houston Grand Opera when he was collaborating with the company on Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (the world's first mariachi opera) and this 45-minute chamber opera, commissioned by HGO's O.N. for Young Professionals and designed for audiences of all ages, is the result. HGO returns to Talento Bilingüe de Houston, where Past the Checkpoints premiered in February 2013, for a concert performance of this inspiring, energetic work and a community conversation about the opera's themes of education, immigration, and courage.

    FROM THE PRESS
    "[Past the Checkpoints] is another of the relevant, accessible, important projects that seek to enlighten through beauty rather than brash debate. If we're going to have a conversation about immigration reform, we ought to know something about the people we're talking about. At the same time, the opera plays on themes familiar to most everyone, regardless of immigration stance. We all have secrets we yearn to tell and walls we long to transcend." - Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle

    CAST

    Loretta                                           Christina Boosahda
    Mr. Rodriguez/Policeman             Kyle Albertson
    Paco             Ben Edquist
    Gabriel                  Gabriel Gargari
    Angelica             Cecilia Duarte
    Mamá              Cynthia Clayton
    Papá              Hector Vásquez 


    ENSEMBLE

    Trumpet                                                                          David Moreno
    Guitar                   D.J. Sparr
    Piano                   Eiki Isomura


    CREATIVE TEAM

    Composer/Music Director                                           David Hanlon
    Librettist             Joann Farías
    Assistant Conductor             Eiki Isomura
    Translations by             Daniel Jaquez
    Stage Manager             Julie Hurley



    Part of Houston Arts Alliance's Transported + Renewed project 


    Questions? Please email hgoco@hgo.org or call 713-546-0211.


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