Hector Armienta, a nationally recognized composer, focuses on creating work that explores the Mexican and Mexican-American cultural experience. His awards and commissions include those from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, Opera Pacific, the Pacific Symphony, Opera Southwest, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Western Stage Theater. His work for orchestra, theater, and opera has received support from four NEA grants in artistic excellence.
As an opera and music theater composer, he draws on stories and music that represent his bi-cultural roots. His music theater trilogy, Aguas Ancestrales/Ancient Waters, is such an example. Inspired by the life of Mr. Armienta’s grandmother, the trilogy draws upon the natural and spiritual element of water. Parts of the trilogy have been performed by Opera Pacific, Western Stage Theater, The York Theater in New York, Philadelphia’s Center City Opera, and most recently in Barcelona Spain.
Cuentos de Peregrinacion/Tales of Pilgrimage, which includes text based on real-life experiences of those living the East San Jose community, premiered in San Jose in March 2014 and subsequently in Guadalajara’s Teatro Degollado. It was also featured at the the 2015 Opera America conference in Washington D.C.
Upcoming projects include a new opera based on Rudolfo Anaya's epic novel, Bless Me, Ultima. Opera Southwest, in collaboration with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, will premiere the work in 2018.
Mr. Armienta is also the founder and director of Opera Cultura, whose mission is to explore music theater and opera through a cross-cultural lens. He holds a BM degree in composition from California Institute of the Arts and an MM degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.