Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance, which is the third part of Reynolds' The Marfa Triptych. The nonlinear story captures the spirit of the uncompromising warrior through a series of varied musical settings, which range from chamber opera and rock & roll to traditional Tejano styles and avant-garde experimentation. Just two vocalists and a small ensemble are able to draw connections between Villa's idealism and the complicated interrelationship of the United States and Mexico that continues today.
Mexican Revolution general Pancho Villa is still regarded as a hero, not just in his native Mexico but by people around the world. Composer Graham Reynolds and librettists Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol avoid cheap sentimentality and the temptations of hagiography in their intriguing modern opera,