Home > News > All The Federales Say: Bring On The Pancho Villa Opera!

All The Federales Say: Bring On The Pancho Villa Opera!

Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa

For the past few years, Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds has been working on The Marfa Triptych, a three-part project commissioned by Ballroom Marfa. Part one, a 14-piece band concert, premiered in November of 2013, and part two, a solo piece for piano, was presented in October of 2014.

Graham Reynolds

Graham Reynolds

Now, Ballroom Marfa is fundraising to finish out the project—this November, at the Crowley Theater, Reynolds will present Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance, an experimental chamber opera about the life and death of the Mexican Revolution hero Pancho Villa. The opera will blend facts and myth surrounding Villa’s life to create a storyline that “unfolds in his mind in the seconds before his death.” To create the opera, Reynolds will be working with Mexico City-based theater collective Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol, Shawn Sides of Austin’s Rude Mechs, and Austin Lyric Opera tenor Paul Sanchez, along with many other talented musicians.

To learn more about the project and to listen to a teaser from the opera, please go here.

also by Glasstire
Print Friendly
You may also like
Neil’s Marfa Myths Dispatch, Part 1
Top Five March 9
Top Five: March 9, 2017
still from Community Action Center, 2010
A Dirty Gay Movie Night in Marfa This Thursday
Institute for new feeling at ballroom marfa
Capitalist Consumption: the Institute for New Feeling at Ballroom Marfa

Leave a Reply

Funding generously provided by:
'