Opera Las Vegas Logo
Menu

Coming to
Opera Las Vegas 25th Anniversary Salute?

Get Directions →
  • APPROX. RUN TIME: 2 hours
  • PARKING: $6 in nearby garage and lots.
  • DRESS CODE: Cocktail attire / Evening wear
Download Latest Press Release
Download icon
25th Season Announcement

August 21, 2023 • Download →

Celebrating
25 seasons

CONTACT
(702) 263-6604
[email protected]
FAQ  →
Demonstrate your commitment to the arts, increase your recognition in the community, and gain exclusive access to the OLV’s benefits for company engagement and employee-client rewards.
  • Bravo Circle

    Join our 1st tier circle for cherished Friends of OLV.

    View Benefits →
  • The Operazzi

    Join our popular Young Career Club for 21-45 year-olds.

    View Benefits →
  • Encore Club

    Join our premium tier Encore Club for exclusive invitations and Lounge access.

    View Benefits →
  • Opera Angels

    Join the beloved ranks of our priceless volunteer supporters.

    Get Involved →
Opera Las Vegas poster for Celebracion Latina. An illustration of a woman singer in a traditional Mexican dress sings alongside a Mariachi band on a well-lit stage.

Celebración Latina

A Mariachi Fiesta

Location

Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, College of Southern Nevada

Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, College of Southern Nevada

3200 E Cheyenne Ave ∙ North Las Vegas ∙ 89030

Run Time

75 minutes

Intermission

No intermission.

Language

Sung in Spanish

Dress Code

Come As You Are

A unique partnership for Celebración Latina - A Mariachi Fiesta will find OLV collaborating with the College of Southern Nevada's Award-winning Mariachi Plata for a festive presentation of traditional music and Zarzuela (Spanish operetta), mingled with unique recent lyric theatre compositions, and operatic tributes to beloved stars like Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe, and Jose Carreras.

In additional to familiar popular hits, this Fiesta will explore recent Mariachi "operas" like Cruzar la Cara de la Luna by the legendary José “Pepe” Martínez, and selections from Zorro by Hector Armienta, among others. Celebración Latina promises to be an enchanting program of delights and discoveries, a Hispanic musical panorama that will entertain, enrich, and inform.

_______________________

¡Una colaboración única para Celebración latina - una fiesta de mariachi! Ópera Las Vegas estará colaborando con el Mariachi Plata del College of Southern Nevada para una presentación de música tradicional mexicana y zarzuela (ópera ligera española), mezclados con composiciones recientes de teatro lírico, y tributos operísticos a las amadas estrellas de la ópera como Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, y José Carreras.

Además de las caniones populares, ésta fiesta explorará las nuevas óperas de mariachi como Cruzar la cara de la luna compuesta por el legendario José "Pepe" Martínez, y selecciones de la nueva ópera Zorro compuesta por Hector Armienta, entre otras. Celebración latina promete ser un programa encantador lleno de delicias musicales y descubrimientos, un panorama hispano de entretenimiento, enriquecimiento, e información. El programa se llevará acabo el 18 de febrero a las 3:00 pm de la tarde en el teatro Horn de la escuela CSN.

Mariachi Plata, posing in costume on a staircase.

FEATURING

Mariachi Plata

In four short years, CSN’s Mariachi Plata has earned a place as the finest Collegiate Mariachi in the United States. Mariachi Plata is comprised of students from CSN’s mariachi courses, part of its fine arts music curriculum. Founding Directors Fernando and Lupe Gonzalez have led this group of 17 highly accomplished student musicians to the very top of the mariachi world, winning the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Competition for the last two years in a row. This competition, held in San Antonio, Texas is widely acknowledged as the national championship of collegiate mariachi. CSN’s “Plata” is the first band from outside of Texas to win this prestigious title in the 28-year history of the competition.

This year, under the direction of nationally renowned Mariachi vocalist and guitarrón artist Perry Chacón, Jr., Mariachi Plata continues to be one of the points of pride of the College of Southern Nevada. They are an outstanding example of how we, at CSN, continue to empower our students and communities to achieve, succeed and prosper.

Violins
Ariel Perez*
Yasmine Dueñes
Isis Beltran
Jesus Contreras
Deborah Alexia Carrillo
Antonio Morales
Jessica Halili

Trumpets
Marco Garcia*
Rosalie Morales
Oscar Hassan Olea

Harp
Antonio Rodriguez

Guitarrón
Perry Chacón, Jr.
Jesus Ramos
Cristian Moreno

Armonia
Michael Padilla*
Brian Ferias
Jose Mejia
Michelle Acevedo
Michelle Garcia

* Section Leader

Cast

  • Mariachi Plata, posing in costume on a staircase.

    Mariachi Plata

    Mariachi Ensemble

  • Mariachi Plata, posing in costume on a staircase.

    Mariachi Plata

    Mariachi Ensemble

    In four short years, CSN’s Mariachi Plata has earned a place as the finest Collegiate Mariachi in the United States. Mariachi Plata is comprised of students from CSN’s mariachi courses, part of its fine arts music curriculum. Founding Directors Fernando and Lupe Gonzalez have led this group of 17 highly accomplished student musicians to the very top of the mariachi world, winning the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Competition for the last two years in a row. This competition, held in San Antonio, Texas is widely acknowledged as the national championship of collegiate mariachi. CSN’s “Plata” is the first band from outside of Texas to win this prestigious title in the 28-year history of the competition.

    This year, under the direction of nationally renowned Mariachi vocalist and guitarrón artist Perry Chacón, Jr., Mariachi Plata continues to be one of the points of pride of the College of Southern Nevada. They are an outstanding example of how we, at CSN, continue to empower our students and communities to achieve, succeed and prosper.

  • Pauline Tamale, a close-down view of her face. She is wearing a formal lace blouse or gown.

    Pauline Tamale

    Mezzo-Soprano

  • Pauline Tamale, a close-down view of her face. She is wearing a formal lace blouse or gown.

    Pauline Tamale

    Mezzo-Soprano


    Visit Website →

    Pauline ‘Ofa Tamale, mezzo-soprano, is a native Pacific Islander from the Kingdom of Tonga in the heart of the South Pacific. She was praised by the Schmopera for “sung stirringly” in her first opera and Florida debut in the role of Mrs. Patrick De Rocher in the opera Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie. Currently in her third year of studies for her Doctoral of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas under the direction of Dr. Alfonse Anderson. Before moving to Southern Nevada, she completed her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at California State University Northridge and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at California State University Long Beach from the voice studio of Shigemi Matsumoto. She has won several competitions including NATS Las Vegas Chapter 2021 among many in the South Bay area in Los Angeles. She appeared on stage at the Nevada premiere of the Letters to Lily by Emily Clemens with the Opera Las Vegas on September 30th –October 2nd, 2022 seasons. She has performed the role of Zita from Gianni Schicchi, and La Zia Principessa from Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini, as well as L’Opinion Publique from Jacques Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers with the California State University Northridge OperaProgram.

    She has performed and won the title "Choir of the World" competition with the Bob Cole Chamber Choir at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, 2016, and has performed at the St. Paul Cathedral in London, St. Mary the Virgin at the Oxford University in England. Her training also led her to perform with the El Camino Chorale in Carnegie Hall in 2013 with the work of Faure Requiem. She also performed as an Alto soloist for Messiah in the Los Angeles area. During her 2019 summer program in Graz, Austria, she was hired as the alto soloist for the Missa Purification by Fux at the Münzgrabenkirche in Austria and performed with the orchestra at the Schloßbergbühne Kasematten, Austria. She also worked and sang for a new opera read with the LA Opera for Placido Domingo in their 2020-21 season opera.

  • Daniel Montenegro, tenor, black and white photo. He wears a simple black suit with a white shirt and black tie.

    Daniel Montenegro

    Tenor

  • Daniel Montenegro, tenor, black and white photo. He wears a simple black suit with a white shirt and black tie.

    Daniel Montenegro

    Tenor

    A graduate of San Francisco’s prestigious Adler Fellow Opera Program, American tenor Daniel Montenegro is recognized for his flexible and distinctive voice and a varied repertoire of bel canto, verismo, and contemporary roles.

    In 2015, Daniel made his Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and San Diego Opera debuts as Luis (a role he created) in El Pasado Nuca se Termina. Recent seasons include Giovanni (La Hija de Rappaccini) with Gotham Opera and his European opera debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet as Mario in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino along side Plácido Domingo, as well as a number of significant role and company debuts including Roderigo (Otello) with San Francisco Opera under Nicola Luisotti, Alfredo (La Traviata) with New Orleans Opera and Minnesota Opera, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) with Washington National Opera, Pang (Turandot) at the Hollywood Bowl conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Pong (Turandot) with San Francisco Opera and Dallas Opera, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Tulsa Opera and the Castleton Festival, and most recently, Mario in Il Postino with Opera Saratoga, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Arizona Opera, and Rafael in Cruzar la Cara de la Luna in his debut with Fort Worth Opera. The 2017-2018 season included a concert of excerpts from La bohème with the Quad City Symphony, Rafael in Cruzar la Cara de la Luna in his debut with both New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera, and his San Diego opera debut as Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas. The 2018-2019 season and beyond sees him as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus, Alfredo in La Traviata with Arizona Opera, Luis in El Pasado Nuca se Termina with Fort Worth Opera, and making a return to San Francisco Opera.

    Daniel features on ‘Great Voices Sing John Denver’ alongside Plácido Domingo and many other key operatic names; produced by legendary arranger and music producer Milt Okun, the disc was released on the MRI Associated label in June 2013.

  • Orianna Falla, a Latinx woman with long dark hair in a formal green gown, close up headshot.

    Oriana Falla

    Soprano

  • Orianna Falla, a Latinx woman with long dark hair in a formal green gown, close up headshot.

    Oriana Falla

    Soprano


    Visit Website →

    Upcoming: Viva Zarzuela! (Palm Springs Opera), Ana Maria in Zorro (Opera Santa Barbara). Recent credits: Celebracion Latina (Opera Las Vegas), Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana (Santa Monica College Symphony), Canto en Resistencia (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Flor y Canto solo recital (Oracle Piano Society), Adina in L’elisir d’amore (Pacific Opera Project, Opera in the Heights) Mimi in La Bohѐme (Pacific Opera Project), Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music (Pasadena Playhouse) Violetta in La Traviata (New Rochelle Opera), and The Infanta in Der Zwerg (Numi Opera). Colombian - American soprano, Oriana Falla, attended UCLA. As a recording artist, Oriana sang for the soundtrack of Disney’s Encanto. Oriana is a member of AEA and currently studies with Joyce El-Khoury.

  • Manuel Arellano, a Hispanic man with light facial hair in a black turtleneck, studio photo against a dark background.

    Manuel Arellano

    Pianist

  • Manuel Arellano, a Hispanic man with light facial hair in a black turtleneck, studio photo against a dark background.

    Manuel Arellano

    Pianist

    Pianist/coach Manuel Arellano is in his second year of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program at LA Opera. After completing a master’s degree in collaborative piano with Martin Katz, he freelanced for a year in Berlin. In 2022, he concluded a doctorate in opera coaching with Tamara Sanikidze at the University of Texas.

    Manuel has worked on Carolina Performing Arts’ production of Omar and at the Butler Opera International Festival, and has accompanied renowned soprano, Julia Migenes, in concert, as well as Stevie Wonder. He was also a fellow at Music Academy of the West and multiple years at Aspen Opera Theater.

  • The cast of Opera Las Vegas's "Tosca" gathers on stage in front of a large golden gate and religious paintings to sing the "Te Deum."

    Opera Las Vegas Youth Chorus

    Chorus Ensemble

  • The cast of Opera Las Vegas's "Tosca" gathers on stage in front of a large golden gate and religious paintings to sing the "Te Deum."

    Opera Las Vegas Youth Chorus

    Chorus Ensemble

    The Opera Las Vegas Youth Chorus was founded in 2017 in collaboration with Thurman White Academy under the direction of Athena Mertes, and made their first appearances in the touring fairy tale opera, John Davies' Pinocchio.

    In the fall of that year, they were the animals on the ark in Benjamin Britten's Noah's Flood, with full orchestra.  Since then, more fairy tale opera tours ensued to entertain young families with opera-inspired stories like Three Little PigsJack and the Beanstalk, and The Bremen Town Musicians. The group twice participated in Humperdinck's classic, Hansel and Gretel, and were on stage with Metropolitan Opera stars in 2022 Main Stage production of Puccini's Tosca.

    In this Twenty-fifth Anniversary Season, the 32-voice Youth Chorus' busy schedule will include the World Premiere of Behold the ManVoices Raised for VetsHoliday on BroadwayCelebración LatinaThe Billy Goats Gruff, and Puccini's La bohème.

Creative Team

  • Perry Chacon, close up photo of a Latino man in a pink collared shirt.

    Perry Chacón, Jr.

    Director, Mariachi Plata

  • Perry Chacon, close up photo of a Latino man in a pink collared shirt.

    Perry Chacón, Jr.

    Director, Mariachi Plata

    Perry Chacón Jr. is a doctoral candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas under the tutelage of Dr. Alfonse Anderson. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Opera and Music Theatre performance from Arizona State University, where he studied with renowned operatic baritone Gordon Hawkins. Chacón began his musical studies as a guitarrón player and lead vocalist with the high school ensemble Mariachi Chula Vista in California. With Mariachi Chula Vista, he performed at the Tucson International Mariachi conference, Albuquerque Espectacular, the Encuéntro Nacional del Mariachi y la Charreria in Guadalajara, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington D.C. Chacón continued his musical studies with Mariachi educator and composer Dr. Jeff Nevin and is currently a guitarist and lead vocalist for Mariachi Champaña Nevin. As part of this ensemble, Chacón has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony ,York Symphony Orchestra, and Santa Rosa Symphony among others. Chacon is currently one of the directors at one of the nation’s top Middle School Mariachi programs, Mariachi Los Gavilanes de Monaco Middle School and the director three-time college national champion Mariachi Plata from the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.

graduation-hatmenucross-circle linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram