- One G-Pass to see Opera Piccola of San Antonio presents Bastien and Bastienne and La Curandera
- When: Saturday, February 15, at 8 pm. or Sunday, February 16, at 2:30 p.m.
- Where: Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- $31 for the center main floor (up to $63.60 value)
- $24 for the side main floor or front mezzanine (up to $48.25 value)
- $18 for the rear mezzanine (up to $36.65 value)
- $11 for the balcony (up to $22.85 value)
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won't need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
Bastien and Bastienne
Written by Mozart when he was only 12 years old, Bastien and Bastienne weaves a satirical love story out of simple, charming songs. The comedy opens with Bastienne telling a local soothsayer how she fears she's losing the love of her beau to another. The old man recommends playing coy to win back his interest, prompting her to hide when Bastien strides onstage. Informing him that Bastienne has herself developed a wandering eye, the soothsayer convinces Bastien to take part in a dubiously effective spell before confronting his beloved. With minimal orchestral accompaniment, the songs—here translated into English—sparkle with folklike melodies and ground-up rhinestones shot out of the tuba.
Inspired by Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Robert Xavier Rodriguez's one-act opera transports the action of jealous lovers to Tepoztlán, a village near Mexico City. The curandera of the title is based on the original's soothsayer, but where he was something of a charlatan, she becomes the piece's hero. A respected magician and herbalist, she relies more on her knowledge of human nature than her supernatural powers as she resolves the lovers' quarrel. With music that draws equally from Mozart and such traditional Mexican forms as mariachi and son jarocho, the show has drawn praise from such outlets as Variety, which called it a "revelation" for "updating the romantic tale for 21st-century sensibilities and adapting it to Latin American cultural paradigms."
Opera Piccola of San Antonio
For Mark Richter, opera is more about impact than scale. He founded Opera Piccola of San Antonio to artistically operate under that principle, making it the company's mission to create accessible productions with a smaller scope. His dedication to intimate performances is right in the name—"piccola" is the Italian word for "small." Today, that less grandiose approach has become the opera's greatest asset: it allows directors and performers to take more risks on stage, and gives audiences a different, up-close perspective on an often misunderstood art form. To further that accessibility, most productions are sung in the opera's original language, with English super-titles projected for those not fluent in the dialect of dramatics.