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El Milagro Del Recuerdo

Dec. 8 - Dec. 18, 2022

Music by Javier Martínez.  Libretto by Leonard Foglia

La familia lo es todo 

Back by popular demand, the HGO-commissioned mariachi opera El Milagro del Recuerdo (The Miracle of Remembering) again transports audiences to Michoacán, Mexico, just in time for the holidays. A celebration of family and tradition, this timely story follows the lives of Laurentino, a bracero who returns from the United States to spend Christmastime with his family, and his wife Renata, who worries that his time away from home is changing him. The two face a life-changing decision: whether to stay with family in Mexico, or leave for the promise of a better life. Much of the original cast returns for this revival, including soprano Cecilia Duarte as Renata, and acclaimed bass-baritone Federico De Michelis in his role debut as Laurentino. Librettist Leonard Foglia directs with conductor Benjamin Manis taking the podium for this new Houstonian holiday tradition.

A co-production with Arizona Opera and San Diego Opera 


  • Price Range
    $30 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    1 Hours 18 Minutes. No intermission.
  • Language
    Sung in Spanish with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative

Creative Team
Ben Manis
Benjamin Manis


Foglia, Leonard Headshot
Leonard Foglia


Patel, Neil Headshot
Neil Patel

Set Designer

Gregory Gale

Costume Designer

Ken Billington BW
Ken Billington

Lighting Designer

Adam Noble Crop
Adam Noble

Intimacy / Fight Director

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Houston Grand Opera Orchestra

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Joshua D. Reid

Sound Designer

A moment with the Maestro

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

"This is a mariachi opera for families of all ages and of all kinds, for the story told in Spanish is universal, in music that speaks right to the heart. If you are looking for the Christmas spirit, look no further than a performance of Milagro.”

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