Cancun, Quintana Roo — What seemed like a dull day at the ADO bus station quickly got better, at least for a few minutes, when La OperaMaya took over.
Fifty singers and musicians, disguised as ordinary tourists passing through, spread out in strategic spots across the terminal. Then the musicians pulled out their instruments and the singers started belting out a sweet rendition of “Cielito Lindo.”
Travelers were visibly pleased, many taking photos and videos. The flash mob stunt went viral, shared and viewed thousands of times.
ADO’s own video, posted June 18, shows the leadup. OperaMaya cast were bused in, blending in with others at the station. The music built up gradually before everyone else in the waiting room realized what was happening.
One commenter found the whole thing gratifying.
“It is truly beautiful that foreigners celebrate our culture and above all honor. Thank you so much for your love to Mexico,” he said.
OperaMaya brings in musicians and singers from all over the world, and has a cultural-exchange thrust.
Each year, in the last week of May and the first of June, OperaMaya launches a call for musicians and singers who want to be part of the symphony and sing opera.
During the 2019 season, OperaMaya’s main venue was the Dos Playas hotel in Cancun, although concerts were held in different parts of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The music of the OperaMaya will return May 25, 2020.