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Jessica will performing the role of Ángela Peralta in Mazatlán in November. Here she is performing “Era desso il figlio mio” by Donizetti VI Concurso Canto Internacional Sinaloa 2014 Jessica Loaiza Pérez, segundo lugar, premio del Público y premio La voz Sonfonic. Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes Mtro. Enrique Patrón de Rueda, director Era desso […]


Channeling a countermelody

October 1, 2014

Many of my faithful readers know that I channel dead composers from time to time. Well, not really, I pretend to and it makes for a good read. But something eery happened recently that was very likely channeling something or someone. And I have a witness. Conductor, Scott Dunn sat with me for several days […]


Sketches for the scenery

September 29, 2014

The first sketch is for the opening of Act 1 where the opera company is boarding the S.S Newbern. The second sketch is for the opening of Act 2 where the mazatlecos welcome Ángela Peralta to their city.


Sets are being made

September 28, 2014

It’s exciting to see an opera come to life, bit by bit. Raúl Rico has been sending me pictures of the opera in progress: here is a shot of the set from Act 1 being built. I’m fairly sure it’s going to be a boat!


Biography of Ángela Peralta

September 27, 2014

Ángela Peralta (6 July 1845, Mexico City – 30 August 1883, Mazatlán) (baptised María de los Ángeles Manuela Tranquilina Cirila Efrena Peralta Castera) was an operatic soprano of international fame and a leading figure in the operatic life of 19th century Mexico. Called the “Mexican Nightingale” in Europe, she had already sung to acclaim in […]


MazatlánLife is a useful website for people going to Mazatlán to hear our opera. They also did several interviews with me last year which can be heard on their website.


Here is a video advertisement for Cultura/Mazatlán’s season: El Festival Cultural Mazatlán 2014. Our opera is part of this festival and will premiere 14, 15 November 2014 at the Teatro Ángela Peralta in Mazatlán


Act I On a warm August evening Angela Peralta de Castera, celebrated Mexican soprano, and her 80-person opera company board the S.S. Newbern, an American steamer just arrived in La Paz from Panama; they have booked passage across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlán, where the company will conclude its summer tour with a week […]


In early 2003 our dear friends Tom Brooks and his painter wife, Jessica Rice, invited us to visit Mazatlán. Unbeknownst to me, they had arranged a meeting with a gentleman who was the head of the Teatro Angela Peralta. He took me on a tour of the theatre and told me of its amazing history. […]

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Are you looking for an excuse to have a little long-weekend-getaway two weeks before Thanksgiving? Come to Mazatlán and hear the premiere of my opera “La Paloma y el Ruiseñor” [The Dove and the Nightingale] at the Teatro Ángela Peralta. It is a wonderful city with terrific people, restaurants, culture, history and November temperatures that […]