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Interviews with Reinaldo Moya and Diane Jacobson about “Tienda,” A Chamber Opera

The Augsburg University Music Department had a unique opportunity to produce and now perform “Tienda,” a new chamber opera by Augsburg faculty member Reinaldo Moya and Caitlin Vincent, which premieres February 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel.

Hear from co-creator of “Tienda,” Reinaldo Moya:

This performance, presented as a part of Augsburg’s sesquicentennial celebration, features a partially staged opera in Foss Center’s Hoversten Chapel and includes a cast of student singers, the Augsburg Choir, and the Augsburg Orchestra. The opera tells the story of Luis Garzón, a Mexican musician who immigrated to Minneapolis in 1886 and opened a small Mexican grocery store, or tienda, in St. Paul in the 1920s. While Luis had married an American woman and was fully integrated into Minnesotan society, his store served as a community hub for the newest arrivals from Mexico, many of whom had fled the Mexican Revolution and now toiled on the sugar beet farms of rural Minnesota. “Tienda” explores the immigrant experience: what must be left behind—and what cannot be forgotten—on the journey to a new home.

Support for this chamber opera is due in large part to the generosity of regent Diane Jacobson. Hear more from Diane about her involvement with “Tienda”:


February 21 and 22, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, Augsburg University
Ticket reservations available by December 1 on University Tickets