Event Category: Theatrical Events
Fireflies do not fly
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019,
from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Angela Peralta Theater,
Mesones 82, Centro
“Everyone thinks that all fireflies fly, but few know that only males can do it. Lucia, a firefly that dreams of flying, decides to defy the laws of nature. This way she will meet the creatures that live beyond her swamp and learn that only with imagination can you change your destiny.José Miguel Delgado, one of Mexico’s most talented composers, has written a new children’s opera that has been delighting audiences throughout Mexico. Like other excellent models of the children’s opera form – think Hansel and Gretel, or Amahl and the Night Visitors – Delgado’s work has immediate appeal to adults as well as children of all ages.
His opera, entitled Las luciérnagas no vuelan (Fireflies Don’t Fly), with a libretto by Catalina Pereda y Pedro Antonio García, will have its San Miguel premiere this Sunday, September 22, at 5pm, at the Teatro Angela Peralta. The production is underwritten by FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes), roughly the Mexican equivalent of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Because of FONCA’s sponsorship, admission is free, and no tickets are required. The doors of the Peralta theater will open at 4:45pm.
Delgado has provided this synopsis of his opera: “In the world of fireflies, nature dictates that only the males can fly, while the females remain earthbound. Lucía, a female firefly who dreams of taking flight, sets on a journey in search for answers, during which she encounters creatures of all types – a queen bee, a fly, a butterfly… and a salamander who will teach her that accepting nature’s laws doesn’t necessarily mean that she won’t be able to fulfil her dream.”
Mexico City music critic Rodrigo Barajas Fonseca, reviewing a production of Las luciérnagas no vuelan last March, raved, “Incredible musical atmosphere, with actors who demonstrate great vocal ability.”
This is the premier place to see a play or a concert. It’s located in the heart of downtown at the corner of Hernandez Macias and Mesones. Built in 1873, the theater was opened by the reigning queen of opera in Mexico, Angela Peralta. Thanks to extensive improvements, the sound is excellent and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. On your way in, take note of the mural “Homage to the Arts” in the main lobby. The theater hosts ensembles during the Chamber Music Festival in August, jazz plays during the Cervantino Festival in October, and concerts during the International Jazz Festival in November, as well as weekly events by local and visiting artists.
Outside the improvised theaters and tents that were in the Villa for comedies and colloquiums that at parties are represented by comedians of the league, there was, until the end of the nineteenth century, a theater in form, as demanded by the already important San Miguel city. It is in April 1871 when the construction of the Theater begins under the initiative of the Chief Revenue Administrator Don Juan Mañón, with the help of the Municipal Treasury, and a meeting of shareholders of the main neighbors of the city.