"St. Francis de los barrios"
A Commissioned work By Joseph waters & allan havis
Friday, March 17, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Smith Recital Hall, SDSU School of Music and Dance
San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182
The chamber opera, roughly with 10% Spanish language text, celebrates a dangerous, charismatic androgynous man, Francis, squatting in the abandon buildings of Tijuana. Francis, age 25 and stricken with HIV, has survived by selling his body and illicit drugs. When the opera starts, he has turned his life around from anonymous street vagrant to celebrated prophet. For hundreds and hundreds of hopeless Mexicans, Francis has healed the sick, found housing for starving families, scared the drug cartels away. Local media and TV notice large chiaroscuro images of the Virgin Mary form on the streetscape of any hovel occupied by Francis. Within weeks, his wild reputation as St. Francis de los barrios has grown worldwide which threatens the Mexican authorities, companies, the cartels and even the US/Mexican border. Prompted by the excited Mexican Cardinal, Pope Francis has decided to visit this remarkable young man, triggering great alarm for two bordering nations during the early reign of a new American President. The internal drama for this rendition of St. Francis concerns his complex past love relationships with attending medic Selina, who gave birth to Francis' child a year ago, and Pedro who has been a long lover to Francis. Francis, as a mystic, senses the world will end in less than a generation if people fail to revolt and he also knows he cannot live beyond the next few months. In the exchange with the Pope, street Francis convinces The Pope that our age is approaching a cathartic, exacting horizon.
CITY Opera’s St. Francis de los barrios - takes place during the NWEAMO Festival on Friday, March 17th at 7pm at Smith Hall, SDSU. Tickets are $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students