Opera Lucinda Nov. 19

The public premiere of “Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena,” an originally-composed children’s opera featuring Mexican folk melodies with traditional Christmas carols performed by the Fresno State Opera Theatre, will be at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Woodward Park Library in Fresno (944 E. Perrin Ave.).

The library will offer craft activities for children at noon.

A second free, public performance is scheduled for Dec. 17 at Campus Pointe, east of Fresno State.

The 45-minute production, directed by Dr. Anthony Radford, is based on a Mexican folktale about poinsettias and the spirit of giving at Christmastime.

The four–member cast consists of voice students Alejandra Tejeda of Porterville, Chrysanthe Pappas of Fresno, Ed Olivarez of Visalia and Christopher Rodriguez of Bakersfield, with pianist Jordan Williams of Selma.

The opera will also be performed at the Christmas in Mexico concert presented from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 by the Fresno State dance troupe Los Danzantes de Aztlán at the Satellite Student Union. For those tickets:

This week, the cast is performing at area elementary schools. See original press release: Opera Lucinda.