A concert opera based on the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. • Una opera del concierto de acuerdo con la historia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
Composed by James DeMars. Compuesto por James DeMars.
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 If found Guadalupe a remarkable work...your vocal writing was so striking and graceful. That the instrumental accompaniment was so imaginative doesn't surprise meat all. Obviously you were working with very fine singers but you gave them some splendid opportunities to use their gifted voices. I was actually envious of your fearlessness in emphasizing a high tessitura in both soprano and tenor...That works beautifully for the characters you portrayed although it may prove daunting to lesser singers in future performances. I also think it wise to dub the piece 'a concert opera' since I believe action, per se, is virtually unnecessary in it. I was equally impressed with the libretto, especially the strong influence of Lorca I felt in the Spanish text.

Congratulations on the fine work. The recorded performance itself is remarkable: it is hard to believe that it is taken from a live performance.

Dominic Argento
Pulitzer & Grammy Winner

(Guadalupe)... comes across as truly inspired and composed with both heart and mastery of technique. I particularly enjoy the voices of Robert Breault and "the narrator". Congratulations!

Jane McKinlay
RSCJ (Religieuse du Sacre Coeur de Jesus - Society of the Sacred Heart)

The performance at St. Mark's church this past Saturday of Guadalupe, Our Lady of the Roses was beyond my expectations. I can't say enough about it to anyone and everyone I see. The voices, the orchestra, and the whole performance was beautiful and touched such deep emotions. I'm sure you've gotten rave reviews by many. I will continue checking your web site in case you offer this performance again, so I can take my husband with me the next time.....no matter how far we may have to travel. I know my friends were as awestruck as I was. Thank you for the awesome presentation.

Norma Pinate
May 19, 2008

Professor De Mars,
I wanted to thank you for a thrilling performance on Saturday of your Opera, Guadalupe. I brought my father, ASU Regents Professor Carlos Castillo-Chavez (applied mathematics), his wife, Nohora Londono de Castillo (of Columbia), and my little sister, Gabriela (nine years old and recently confirmed, and a student of piano, cello and voice). As someone who grew up bilingual, it was amazing and inspiring to see an Opera not only representing something of such cultural significance, but in the language you are familiar with. The music, the concept, the artwork were all extraordinary. My father commented that this was exactly the type of creative output that should be coming from this institution. Thank you for envisioning something like this and congratulations on your triumph!

Melissa Castillo-Garsow
Assistant to Director Kimberly Marshall
Arizona State University
Katherine K. Herberger College of The Arts School of Music
May 19, 2008



What an exquisite piece! Powerful, tender, lyrical and engaging! The pacing was top notch and the orchestration overwhelmingly impressive (how do you get native flute, Australian and African instruments all to work with Western tuning systems?????

I am so glad I had a chance to experience it...

Jody Rockmaker
Associate Professor of Composition
Arizona State University
Katherine K. Herberger College of The Arts School of Music
May 19, 2008

Dear Dr. DeMars,

I was moved and greatly pleased by the performance of your new work, Guadalupe, Our Lady of the Roses this last Saturday night. My friends, also there, were equally enthusiastic. The soloists – both vocal and instrumental – performed with such passion and commitment that they couldn't be better!

I especially liked the non-traditional instruments and the way you mixed complex rhythms and provocative vocal ideas, giving us such an exciting and original new composition...

Many thanks for creating this modern masterpiece. Many thanks to all your musicians for providing us with a fantastic performance that will long be remembered.

Laurie Holden
May 19, 2008

Being one of the performers in "Guadalupe" was totally awesome! All of the musicians who came together to make new music and send out this message of peace was the ultimate gift for me. Everyone involved treated each other as equals...no egos were ever present, regardless of the musical training or experience each individual had coming into this project. It is through experiences such as this where peace is obtainable; in music, in life. A special "thank you" to Dr. James DeMars for composing this masterpiece. Being a part of "Guadalupe" has truly been one of the highlights of my life, thus far.

Maureen Buza
Guadalupe Festival Chorus
May 19, 2008

Hi Robert,

I am happy that you and Canyon took an interest in Jim's opera. He is a wonderful composer and everyone involved with the project experienced his great humanity. It was fantastic to see so many people at the performances and to be reminded of what a positive impact music can make. In my 35 years as a saxophonist, I don't think I have ever seen such a nearly unanimous response from an audience. I feel privileged to have been part of it.

Michael Hester
Guadalupe Festival Orchestra
June 11, 2008


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