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Entertainment Guide - December 01, 2018

From Portugal

The International Book Fair (FIL) concludes with the final three weekend concerts featuring artists from Portugal, the event’s invited country.

Foro FIL (at the entrance to Expo Guadalajara), Friday, November 30, to Sunday, December 2, 9 p.m. Free.


Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, often referred to as “the best mariachi band in Mexico,” is joined by singer Alejandra Orozco.

Teatro Diana, Friday, November 30, 8:30 p.m. 250-850 pesos.

Puccini’s ‘Turandot’

Final performance of the elegantly staged professional opera with Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and Zapopan Municipal Choir.

Teatro Degollado, Saturday, December 1, all at 8 p.m. 200-700 pesos.

Moscow State Ballet

Famed troupe presents seasonal classic, “The Nutcracker.”

Conjunto de Artes Escenicas, Saturday, December 1, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 2, 5 p.m. 550-990 pesos.

Monday concerts

Talented local musicians of different genres showcased each Monday. Monday, December 3: Pianist José Luis Altamirano. Monday, December 10: Jazz singer Ugo Rodríguez. December 17: The Coro Infantil San Luis Gonzaga sing Christmas songs.

Palcco, Mondays, 8:30 p.m. 100 pesos.


Spanish music legend Plácido Domingo conducts the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem.” Featuring Georgian-Mexican soprano Maria Katzarava, Spanish mezzosoprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Mexican tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz and U.S. bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee. They will be accompanied by the Coro Municipal de Zapopan, directed by Timothy G. Ruff Welch.

Conjunto de las Artes, Sunday, December 2, 8 p.m. 500-2,000 pesos.


Professional production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical. In Spanish but easily understood.

Auditorio Telmex, Monday, December 3, 6 and 9:30 p.m. 300-1,200 pesos.

Roger Waters

Ex Pink Floyd brings his Us and Them tour to Guadalajara.

Arena V.F.G. Tuesday, December 4, 9 p.m. 680-3,980 pesos.


The University of Guadalajara’s modern dance troupe presents the show “Mexican Traditions.”

Teatro Experimental de Jalisco (entrance to Agua Azul Park), Thursday, December 6, 9 p.m. 150 pesos.



The Klaus Meyer Big Band in a benefit concert for Pequeño Gran Gourmet.

Palcco, Thursday, December 6. 8:30 p.m. 250 pesos.

Acrobatic ‘Nutcracker’

The Dalian Acrobatic Troupe from China gives several performances of “The Terracota Prince” – loosely based on the famous E.T.A. Hoffman tale. In this version, however, the prince is a terracotta warrior buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and the story is told not through ballet, but dazzling acrobatics and circus magic performed by the 45-member troupe.

Teatro Diana, Friday, December 7, 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 8, 4 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 9, 1 and 5 p.m.  300-1,000 pesos.

Ballet de Jalisco

Presentation by state-run classical ballet troupe of the perennial Christmas favorite, “The Nutcracker.”

Teatro Degollado, Thursday, December 13, Friday, December 14, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 15, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 16, 12:30 p.m.

The Beatles Sinfónico

Music by the Fab Four courtesy of the Camerata Sinfónica de Guadalajara, along with Grupo El Amor.

Teatro Diana, Friday, December 14, 9 p.m. 350–660 pesos

Polar Express

A live orchestra and choir provide the musical background to a screening of the animated movie “The Polar Express.”

Teatro Diana, Saturday, December 15, 5 p.m. 250-750 pesos.

Christmas Symphony

The Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Guadalajara (Youth Orchestra) under the direction of Juan Tucán, presents a “Christmas Cinema Symphony” featuring tunes from seasonal movies across the ages.

Conjunto de Artes Escenicas, Sunday, December 16, 12:30 p.m. 250-450 pesos.

Andrea Bocelli

Celebrated Italian tenor in concert.

Auditorio Telmex, Thursday, December 20, 9 p.m. 1,000-9,500 pesos.

Mariachi opera

Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera, “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” tells the story of Mexican migrants chasing the “American Dream.”  Written by Pepe Martínez and Leonard Foglia,  the opera has more than 50 performers on stage, as well as the Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán and Mariachi Juvenil de mi Tierra.

Teatro Diana, Thursday, December 20, 8 p.m. 250-1,200 pesos.

Live from the Met

In “Adriana Lecouvreur,” Anna Netrebko takes on the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and-off stage passion. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed.”

Teatro Diana, Saturday, January 12, noon. 100-250 pesos.

GR RECOMMENDS:  La Traviata’


One of the most anticipated Metropolitan Opera shows of the season will be telecast live to Guadalajara (and hundreds of other venues worldwide). Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 19th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time since 2015 to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, December 15, noon. 100-250 pesos.

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