Xochitl and the Flowers
By Christopher Pratorius Gomez with libretto by Roma Olvera, based on the book by Jorge Argueta. Sung in Spanish and English. As part of its popular and award-winning annual Hands-On Opera program, Opera Parallèle will mount a brand-new production of Christopher Pratorius-Gomez' and Roma Olvera's Xochitl and the Flowers, originally commissioned and presented by OP in 2016. Created in partnership with San Francisco Community Music Center, Xochitl and the Flowers (pronounced ‘so-tcheel') features CMC students who span generations as full project participants and performers. The opera is based on the book of the same name by Jorge Argueta with libretto by Roma Olvera. Derived from real-life events in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood, this quintessentially American immigration story tells the poignant tale of a family's determination to put down roots in a new country, while still preserving the heritage of their homeland.