Act One
El Colibrí Mágico
(The Magic Hummingbird)
A California Story

Partially staged and choreographed workshop of Act One,
closing with the ballad “Shouldn’t”, taken from from Act Two.
Performance date: Oct. 13, 2019
Venue: Smith Recital Hall, SDSU, San Diego


From the opera “El Colibrí Mágico (The Magic Hummingbird) — A California Story”, this aria features Karen Garcia in the role of ghost curandera Maria Sabia, who comforts Ixazaluoh (Shantel Cervantes),
sleeping into oblivion under the spell of the southwest desert and the curse of the magic tunnel.

Mater Nostra

Finale to the opera “El Colíbri Mágico (The Magic Hummingbird) — A California Story”.
Featuring Karen Garcia and Daniel Castro


Based on the sacred poetry of Maria Sabina, from the opera
“El Colibrí Mágico (The Magic Hummingbird) —A California Story”.
This visual interpretation conceived by Mexican-American opera singer Karen Garcia,
based on her experiences of Mexican curandera ceremonies and the ancient traditions
interwoven into contemporary Mexican experience.
The lyrics are based on the sacred psilocybin mushroom chants of Maria Sabina,
a great healer and true saint,
who lived in abject poverty in the mountains of Oaxaca.
While we were shooting a young rat emerged from the bushes and stood there smiling with us.
It felt as if the tree and flowers were listening in the moonlight and fog.