Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
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7:30PM, Friday, March 7, 2025
7:30PM, Saturday, March 8, 2025
2:00PM, Sunday, March 9, 2025

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The first of its kind ever written, this mariachi opera by José “Pepé” Martínez and Leonard Foglia marries two musical worlds with one thing in common: each finds its fullest voice in the telling of moving tales, and Cruzar is no exception. After leaving his wife and son in Mexico to find work in the United States, Laurentino is torn between distance and duty. Decades later, and with days to live, he looks back on how the choices he made became the secrets he kept, with consequences that will redefine what it means to be a family. With sorrowful serenades, Cruzar creates a seamless musical merger that spans the distance of its cultural differences with sublimely bittersweet songs that make full use of their enhanced ability to take an emotional toll. Grammy-award-winning mariachi band Mariachi los Camperos will perform with Lyric Opera of Kansas City in this production.

COMPOSERJosé “Pepé” Martínez
LIBRETTISTLeonard Foglia and José “Pepé” Martínez
ENSEMBLEMariachi los Camperos
Understand every word:Performed in Spanish with English translations projected above the stage.

Principal Cast

Cecilia Duarte

Role: Renata

Octavio Moreno

Role: Laurentino

Federico De Michelis

Role: Mark

Vanessa Alonzo

Role: Lupita

Daniel Montenegro

Role: Rafael

Miguel De Aranda

Role: Chucho

Mariachi los Camperos


Creative Team

Leonard Foglia


Brian Nason

Lighting Designer

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Photos of the Production

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna photos by Sarah Shatz for New York City Opera.


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With public support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
This project is supported in part by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.