Visalia Music: El Bracero The Mariachi Opera

The Visalia Opera Company and the Oval Park hosted a one of a kind musical event in November; the first ever mariachi opera in California, and the second ever in the country.  This Visalia event, sponsored by the Fresno Regional Foundation was a free community music and art program that told the story of the Bracero program during World War II.

We spoke with Rosalinda Verde, founder of the Visalia Opera Company about how this program was created and brought to life.




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