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An opera inspired by Mexico's Second Empire

By: Sandra Dibble


Soprano Verónica de Larrea performs the role of the Empress Carlota in the new opera "Empress of Lies" makings its debut at the Tijuana Cultural Center.

An opera inspired by Mexico’s short-lived 19th-century Second Empire and the life of the Belgian-born Empress Carlota will make its world premiere this week at the Tijuana Cultural Center (Cecut). Presented on the occasion of the center’s 30th anniversary, “La Emperatriz de la Mentira,” (The Empress of Lies) is based on the acclaimed 1986 historical novel by Fernando del Paso.

Maximilian was executed in 1867 by Mexican Republican forces. Though Carlota outlived him in Europe for 60 years, she refused to acknowledge his death. The book--and the opera--imagines Carlotta’s delusions and obsesssion for her dead husband.

The hour-and-twenty-five-minute work is the result of a collaboration between Baja California playwright Angel Norzagaray, who wrote the libretto and the Russian-born composer and pianist Dimitri Dudin. Three different singers--soprano Karla Muñóz, soprano Veronica De Larrea and mezzo-soprano Luz Bermejo--portray Carlota at different periods of her life. Accompanying the performers is the Baja California Orchestra, conducted by Eduardo García Barrios.


Published Friday, September 28, 2012 3:05 PM by Faby Delgado


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