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Opera meets mariachi in latest Lyric venture

Opera meets mariachi in latest Lyric venture

You've heard of rock operas, tango operas, crossover operas.

Now, get ready for mariachi opera.

Two musical traditions with wide followings will come together April 7 when Lyric Opera will present the Midwest premiere of “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” (“To Cross the Face of the Moon”), at the Civic Opera House, the company announced Monday. The celebrated, 13-piece mariachi ensemble Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan will share the stage with the cast of the original Houston Grand Opera production of 2010.

Lyric's new undertaking follows recent initiatives by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to bridge the downtown world of high culture and the rich and diverse culture of the...