The rumors are indeed true.
As was previously reported, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will travel to Paris, France's Théâtre du Châtelet to present To Cross the Face of the Moon/Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. The announcement was made official last late night in a prepared statement by HGO.
The mariachi opera will be the 2011-2012 season opener for the company, who will perform Face of the Moon from September 23 through September 27 of this year. Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte will star as Renata while baritone Octavio Moreno will be cast as Laurentino.
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The mariachi opera has been documented as the first of its kind. When it debuted here in Houston on November 13, our stage critic felt like it was modeled a mariachi concert rather than an opera production.