Pedro Infante: Cuándo sale la luna

Written by Gina Perregrino


In category: Song of the Day

Published February 5, 2020

A fun fact about me is that no matter how Italian my name my be, I have always been drawn to the culture of Mexico more than any other culture in the world. From a young age I fell in love with the Spanish language and since then have been on a path of discovering the absolute joy of complex Mexican food, film, and most importantly MARIACHI! If you ask me what my favorite type of music is, this opera singer will tell you mariachi. 

This is Pedro Infante singing one of my favorite rancheras called Cuándo Sale la Luna “When the Moon Rises.” It is from a wonderful film from 1956 called Los Gavilanes. Below is a translation and if you like what you see/hear, there are so many other films from this era starring this superstar. Not to mention his singing technique is fabulous!

Let the moon rise,
Let the sun set
Let the night fall
so our love can start 

Let the little stars
Fill me with inspiration
To tell you little beautiful things, my love 

I know there isn’t in the world,
Love like the one you give me
And I know that night by night
It’s growing more and more 

When I’m between your arms,
I always ask myself
How much did destiny owe me
that it paid me with you? 

That’s why my life,
I give it all to you,
You who gave me with a kiss
What I never asked you for

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Praised by Opera News and ArtsATL as a “standout”, young American mezzo Gina Perregrino is already garnering attention on stages around the country. In 2018, she made her company debut with the Santa Fe Opera as Paquette in Candide, where she returned in 2019 to sing the role of Pastuchyna in Janáček’s Jenůfa and was awarded a grant. In 2017, Gina made her company debut at Central City Opera where she sang the title role in a performance of Carmen. She has also been heard at Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Lyric Opera of Guatemala, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Philadelphia, Dallas Opera, and The Atlanta Opera. Gina was a NYFOS 2019 Schwab Vocal Rising Star and particularly loves boleros, rancheros, and Neapolitan song. She is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

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    Wow Gina, it melts my heart to hear about your love for our culture! And even more when you just brought back some a of my most wonderful childhood memories with Pedro Infante, I grew up listening to his music and watching his movies religiously. Still, every now and then whenever I feel nostalgic missing my Mexico, his music resonates to deepest core in my heart reminding me how Mexican I still am, and I thank you for that Gina. Best wishes on your incredible journey


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