Hector Armienta, a nationally recognized Mexican-American composer, focuses on creating work that explores the Mexican and Mexican-American cultural experience. As an opera and music theater composer, he draws on stories and music that represent his bi-cultural roots. His music theater trilogy, Aguas Ancestrales/Ancient Waters, is such an example. Inspired by the life of Mr. Armienta’s grandmother, the trilogy draws upon the natural and spiritual element of water. It controls the fate of all the characters. Parts of the trilogy have been performed by Opera Pacific, Western Stage Theater, The York Theater and Teatro Latea in New York, and, Philadelphia’s Center City Opera. His bilingual children’s opera based on a Mexican folk tale, Los Coyotes y Las Conejas, has been performed by the Music Theater Collaborative, Forth Worth Opera, and Tulsa Opera.