Tijuana festival offers open-air opera performances


An open-air opera festival on Saturday will bring together local singers and invited guests to the streets of Tijuana’s Colonia Libertad for performances featuring composers such as Gaetano Donizetti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss.

Opera en la Calle — or Opera in the Street — promises a packed and varied program that starts at noon and lasts until midnight. The festival includes children’s performances, a cortege of gondolas, violin and viola performances and opera scenes.

Started as a small celebration by group of opera aficionados, the festival is now in its 15th year and regularly draws thousands to the street of this neighborhood near the U.S. border at San Ysidro.

This year’s event features both a growing cadre of local talent and some guest performers from other parts of Mexico. The San Diego Opera is also scheduled to participate with a performance of opera scenes by tenor Felipe Prado and soprano Eden Tremayne at 6:30 p.m.

The festival’s grand finale, which starts at 11 p.m., features scenes from the second act of Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” directed by Enrique Patrón de Rueda and adapted and staged by José Medina.

Other highlights include:

5:45 p.m.: Scenes from Donizetti’s “L'elisir d'amore,” directed by Iván Mares, adapted and staged by Héctor Domiguez, with scene selection by Mario Montenegro.

6:50 p.m.: Scenes from Mozart’s “Wedding of Figaro,” directed and staged by Zully Martínez, accompanied by Olena Galitskaia.

8:15 p.m.: Giacomo Puccini’s one-act opera, “Gianni Schicchi,” adapted and directed by Iván Mares, accompanied by the the Festival en la Calle Orchestra.

9:30 p.m.: Scenes from Enrique González Medina’s “Serafina y Arcangela,” adapted by the composer and staged by Mario Montenegro.

The festival, which is free, takes place on Fifth Street in Colonia Libertad from noon to midnight. For a full program, click here.