On the road to arivaca

An Original Chamber Work of Music-Theatre that takes place on our southern border.

On the Road to Arivaca is a chamber opera featuring four adults and a Children’s Chorus. Based on a true encounter, a “Samaritan” and a “Sojourner” trespass rules of “no engagement” between an undocumented worker and the water-dropping “Samaritan” when they inadvertently meet, and both face difficult moral choices. The opera will put the audience “on the road” in difficult encounters that surround the many issues of immigration, national boundaries, and cross-cultural-and-linguistic engagement. How does one act when one has to decide in a split second on the fate of a fellow human being?  Fully integrated into the piece will be a Children’s Chorus, whose presence will bring audiences face-to-face with the heartbreak of children separated from families and many fleeing danger in their original homelands. The opera is also inspired by the remarkable work of artist Alvaro Enciso and to the thousands of voices lost in the Desert.


In the desert unintended encounters

can open our hearts

.........or pick our bones bare.

The chamber opera is a collaboration by award-winning composer Rosino Serrano from Mexico City and local DC librettist Susan Galbraith. Renowned Director of stage and film José Luis Valenzuela and Conductor Angel Gil Ordoñez joins Alliance for New Music-Theatre and the bi-cultural creative team to mount the world premiere in Washington, DC in 2023.


On Oct 13, Alliance for New Music-Theatre had the first showcase performance of selections from its new chamber opera in development – On the Road to Arivaca – sponsored by The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) as part of a conference on global migration and refugees.

The Youth Chorus – coro de la comunidad – was an integral part of this performance. 

Audiences agreed this was a critically important and moving story and the music was hauntingly beautiful.

Read  more about the performance and this developing work on our NEWSLETTER page.

All members of the collaborative team are working closely with Alliance to secure co-production partners to carry the opera to new venues including Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Mexico City and Tucson, Arizona near where the opera takes place.