The Embassy of Paraguay and Opera Hispánica are proud to present the American premiere of Ñomongeta (Conversation), the first Guarani opera by Paraguayan composer Diego Sanchez-Haase. Directed by Chia Patiño and featuring Paraguayan tenor, José Mongelós, the opera presents an imaginary conversation between the protagonist and Christopher Columbus about the effects of colonization in the New World. A true solo opera, in which José will sing and accompany himself on Guarani aboriginal instruments! Presented in collaboration with Americas Society and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Performed at the National Museum of the American Indian. Sunday, September 18 at 2PM at the Diker Pavillon for Native Arts and Cultures (National Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004) and Saturday, September 24 at 2 PM at the Rasmuson Theater (National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC, 20560)
Paraguayan composer, conductor, pianist and harpsichordist, he is currently the music director and conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso del Paraguay, the president of the Bach Society, and the directors of the Paraguayan Institue of Musicology.
Paraguayan tenor José Mongelós, is the principal soloist of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso de Paraguay. He studied voice in Buenos Aires, New York, Berlin and Asunción. He sang in more than 10 countries and 4 continents. In Paraguay, he has a rising career as one of the most outstanding lyrical singers of his generation.
Equatorian director Chía Patiño's path has been eclectic: She began as a piantist, continued as a composer, after directing her own one-act opera she began a paralele path as a stage director. She directed in the USA, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Guatemala, Colombia, and she was the General Director of the Teatro Nacional de Sucre, Ecuador.
Colombian sculptor and set designer, Fullbright scholar Lilian Duque Piñeiro has designed productions for Santa Fe, San Diego, Arizona, Fort Worth and Virginian operas among others. She has participated in art exhibits in Kentucky, Ohio, Hawaii, New Jersey and Illinois.
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