Bold. Brave. Brilliant.
Music by Javier Martinez, Production and Libretto by Leonard Foglia

El Milagro del Recuerdo (The Miracle of Remembering)

How does the journey of a lifetime begin?


A prequel to the sensational mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna that was presented by Arizona Opera as part of its 2014/15 Season, El Milagro del Recuerdo brings audiences back to where the story of Cruzar all began: Michoacán, Mexico. Set during Christmas, the opera lovingly explores the themes of traditions and familial bonds while its characters deal with life-changing decisions and dream of something more.

Director and Librettist Leonard Foglia comments: “The piece deals with the basic issues surrounding the choices people have to make in life. It tells universal, human stories. How do we make decisions about what’s important? I hope it resonates with everyone.”



Phoenix – December 3-5, 2021 – Herberger Theater Center
Tucson – December 11-12, 2021 – Temple of Music and Art

Performed in Spanish with English Supertitles

In Memory of Judd Herberger

Judd Herberger

Judd Herberger (1942 - 2021)

Judd was a dear member of our opera family, a generous patron, and an advocate for our work as an arts organization. With his unmatched personal commitment to our community, Judd’s support of the arts was an inspiration to Arizona Opera - and so many organizations and individuals - to do our best work to make the world a brighter and more beautiful place.


Arizona Opera McDougall RED Series
Estimated running time: One hour and 15 minutes with no intermission
Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera
Premiered by Houston Grand Opera in December, 2019
A Co-Production of Arizona Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Diego Opera
Part of the McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series. Production made possible, in part, through generous support from Drs. Herschel and Jill Rosenzweig, the Carol Franc Buck Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Michael and Beth Kasser, and Lewis Roca. 

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