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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 - $107
  • 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
Benjamin Manis


Leonard Foglia


Beth Krynicki

Revival Director

Kaley Smith

Associate Director

Neil Patel

Set Designer

Gregory Gale

Costume Designer

Joshua D. Reid

Sound Designer

Ken Billington

Lighting Designer

Adam Noble

Intimacy / Fight Director

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra

Pre-performance Events

Thursday, December 8

6:30 p.m. | Seeking The Human Sprit presents: Labynth Walks | Created by local artist Reginald Adams
Wortham Theater Center Fish Plaza| FREE | All ages                       

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Opera Insights

Join members of HGO as they give you more insight and the background of this production.

  • December 8: English only in Cullen (Vickers)
  • December 9: Spanish in Cullen (Rivas); English in 6th fl lobby (Johnson)
  • December 10: English only in Cullen (Rivas)
  • December 11: English only in Cullen (Vickers)
  • December 13: English only in Cullen (TBD)
  • December 15: English only in Cullen (Urdiales)
  • December 16: Spanish in Cullen (Rivas); English in 6th fl lobby (Vickers)
  • December 17: English only in Cullen (Urdiales)
  • December 18: Spanish in Cullen (Rivas); English in 6th fl lobby (Johnson

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