When 28-year-old Chicagoan Arlen Parsa discovered his great grandfather had left behind a long-lost opera, he knew had to stage the show’s world premiere, even if it was 80 years overdue. Composed by Chicago’s first Hispanic composer, Eustasio Rosales, Andina is a dark, evocative masterwork that defies the stereotypes of its genre. With flair and insight, it captures the dilemma of a young Colombian mountain girl caught between two suitors – one, a wealthy don from the city; the other, a simple local farmhand. And while the process of staging this forgotten gem is being filmed for an upcoming documentary – why wait for the movie? Be there for this one-night-only theatrical concert performed in Spanish with English super-titles and a full orchestra at the historic Athenaeum Theatre.
2936 N Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657