Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena

A new bilingual opera by Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire

Based on the Mexican folk tale, Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena tells the story of how the poinsettia became a meaningful symbol of the holiday season. Audience members have the added opportunity to participate in the Poinsettia Project -- an initiative to empower students to identify and celebrate their inner strength.


Who It's For

Grades K–5 in groups of 10–100. Single tickets are also available for individuals and families.


December 12-13, 2018

School matinees at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Evening community performances at 7 p.m.


Taube Atrium Theater

401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco


Group tickets: $8 per student

Individual tickets: $10


Scholarships are available for qualifying schools.


The opera unfolds as young Lucinda and her mother make a blanket together. They plan to give it as a gift at a Christmas Eve celebration, but Lucinda's mother grows very sick and they cannot finish it in time. As Lucinda finds the strength to attend the celebration alone, with just wildflowers to share, a holiday miracle teaches her that giving from the heart is more important than the gift itself.


The year of the hero

Written in a combination of English and Spanish, this lovely holiday opera transcends religious preference with its strong message of courage, hope and transformation.

Learn more about the Opera Guild's Year of the Hero.