Morgana Love Concert: Because We All Need Magic in Our Lives
By Eduardo Mora
When Maestro Mauro Ledesma asked me to write an article to advertise the Morgana Love concert that will be presented at Teatro Ángela Peralta on June 9, I told him it would be an honor for me to do it. But instead of writing an article to advertise the concert, I wanted to write a poem inspired by Morgana Love’s beauty. He told me I was free to write a poem, but first I needed to finish this article! If you get a chance to meet her, you will realize I am not exaggerating—if anything, one can argue there is much more to be said about her.
Her amazing life story has captured the hearts of those who know her, but also the eyes of film producers and organizations that work hard every day to fight discrimination. She has participated in different films, such as The Cost of Gender, Human (by Nat Geo), Crónica de Castas, and Made in Bangkok, (which is a documentary about the journey she embarked upon to have her sex reassignment surgery). This documentary has been nominated for the Mexican Films Academy awards (Ariel) this year. Morgana Love is also the Ambassador of the United Nations’ “Free & Equal” campaign,and has participated in different forums around Mexico and abroad to promote the rights of minorities.
Born in San Miguel de Allende, Morgana Love realized from an early age that there was something wrong; her body did not represent who she knew she was. For a while, she tried to act “like a man” to please her family, but her feminine voice was a constant reminder of the strong woman that slept within. That countertenor voice that caused her to be bullied during her high school years was the same voice that earned her a place at the National Conservatorium (one of the most prestigious music institutions in Mexico), where she became a professional opera singer. In 2002 and 2004 she won first place at the annual singing contest organized by the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA).
On June 9, we will hear her magic voice as she performs at the Teatro Ángela Peralta. To make the concert even more magical, renowned concert pianist, maestro Mauro Ledesma, will be playing pieces from Opera to Broadway, and traditional Mexican concert songs in the company of Coro de Opera de San Miguel. We will also hear maestro Xavier Gibler, an amazing guitarist and singer with more than 30 years of experience. Together, Maestro Mauro Ledesma, maestro Xavier Gibler and Morgana Love will combine their love for music, their love for San Miguel and their love for life in what I can assure you, will be a magical concert.
Tickets can be purchased at El Sindicato (Recreo 4), El Muro (Loreto 10B), or at the Teatro Ángela Peralta.