Composer/Librettist Héctor Armienta focuses on creating work that explores the Mexican and Mexican-American cultural experience. He draws on stories and music that represent his bicultural roots. His awards and commissions include those from Meet the Composer, the NEA, Arts International, Opera Pacific, the Pacific Symphony and others. His work has received support from three NEA grants in artistic excellence. Presenting organizations include Opera Pacific, Western Stage Theater, Teatro Latea, Fort Worth Opera and Tulsa Opera. His song cycle opera Cuentos de Peregrinacíon/Tales of Pilgrimage premiered in San Jose, CA, and Guadalajara’s Teatro Degollado in 2014. Most recently, Armienta has acquired the rights to develop Rudolfo Anaya’s epic novel Bless Me, Ultima into an opera. Arizona Opera will have a reading of the work in 2016. Opera Cultura will produce the world premiere in 2018 and is in conversations with other companies about a co-production. Armienta is also the founder and director of Opera Cultura, whose mission is to explore music-theater and opera through a cross-cultural lens. It is through this organization that Armienta develops some of his music-theater projects and creates opportunities for young people from economically disadvantaged communities to experience the arts. He holds a B.M. in composition from California Institute of the Arts and an M.M. in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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