Created in partnership with Alvarado Elementary School’s 3rd grade Spanish immersion program, Xochitl and the Flowers (pronounced ‘so-tcheel’) is part of Opera Parallèle’s acclaimed annual Hands-on-Opera program, with children center-stage as full project participants and performers. Xochitl and the Flowers is composer Chris Pratorius Gómez’s third commissioned work for Opera Parallèle. It is based on the book of the same name by Jorge Argueta with a new libretto by Roma Olvera. Derived from real-life events in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, this quintessentially American immigration story tells the poignant tale of a family’s determination to put down roots in a new country, while still preserving the heritage of their homeland.