Volver a Empezar (telenovela)

Volver a Empezar
Genre Telenovela
Created by Emilio Larrosa
Written by Verónica Suárez
Alejandro Pohlenz
Directed by Salvador Garcini
José Ángel García
Starring Yuri
Claudia Silva
Rafael Sánchez Navarro
Carmelita González
Pilar Montenegro
María Elena Saldaña
Opening theme Volver a Empezar by Yuri
Atado a tu amor by Chayanne
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 145
Executive producer(s) Emilio Larrosa
Running time 41-44 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Original network Canal de las Estrellas
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release July 25, 1994 – February 10, 1995
Preceded by Prisionera de amor
Followed by María José

Volver a Empezar (English title: Return to begin) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Emilio Larrosa for Televisa in 1994-1995.[1]

Yuri and Chayanne starred as protagonists, while Claudia Silva and Rafael Sánchez Navarro starred as antagonists.


This is the story of Mexican diva Reny, Puerto Rican singing legend Chayanne, Poncho and Jessica. Reny is a 26-year-old whose father leaves her a fortune upon dying, and who dreams of someday meeting Chayanne, who is (in real life and in the telenovela) an international singing star and teen idol.

The dream comes true because Reny's boyfriend, named Santiago is a music producer and he arranges for the meeting to happen after one of Chayanne's concerts. As the drama unfolds, Reny becomes famous and she and Chayanne start a close friendship which later turns into romance.

Santiago becomes increasingly jealous and evil. Reny becomes afraid of Santiago and starts seeing him less and less. Then Santiago's lawyer, Tony, starts to develop an interest for Reny. While all this is going, in Reny's house, her sister Sandra, becomes increasingly jealous of Reny's success and the fact their father left Reni the family fortune.

Unknown to the TV viewer for most of the soap is the fact Sandra had a degenerative mental illness and that was why Reny's father left Reny the fortune and not Sandra. Sandra and Santiago have a diabolic plan where they will make Reny have an accident during one of her concerts, and the plan works, leaving Reny paralyzed and with amnesia after her fall.

Eventually, she recovers her mind and begins to walk again, and she plans her return to the world of show business under the name of Chaquira (not to be confused with the real life singer Shakira). She uses that name so not to tip off her enemies as to who she really is and that she's still alive.

Through all of this, and before Reny's accident happened, a fan of hers, Lalo, becomes her friend and falls in love with her, causing the ire of Jessica, who has just broken up with Poncho. Jessica becomes enemies with Reny and her attraction towards Lalo in turn makes Poncho mad and jealous too.

Chayanne had to go away from Reny because of his professional compromises and Tony started to move in on her. He became her greatest friend during the time she was in the wheelchair, and a great deal of love grew between them.

Tony ended up protecting Reny from Santiago, who ends up paralyzed. Jessica moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco after finding she was suffering a terrible disease, Lalo purposely gets himself killed in a motorcycle crash, Chayanne decides that he and Reny should stay only as good friends because of their busy singing career schedules.

Sandra gets committed to a mental hospital, Reny starts using her real name again and makes a big comeback into the musical world, she goes on tour, and Tony gets married to her and later on, they have a family.


  • Yuri as Renata "Reny" Jiménez/Chaquira
  • Chayanne as Chayanne
  • Claudia Silva as Sandra "Sandy" Jiménez/Sandunga
  • Rafael Sánchez Navarro as Santiago Ugalde
  • Carmelita González as Encarnación
  • Pilar Montenegro as Jessica
  • María Elena Saldaña as Tina
  • Luis Couturier as Gabriel Jiménez
  • Margarita Isabel as Aurora
  • Silvia Suárez as Susana Ugalde
  • Carlos Miguel as Poncho
  • Raúl Alberto as Mike
  • Mauricio Islas as Freddy Landeros
  • Guillermo García Cantú as Tony
  • Fernando Ciangherotti as Eduardo "Lalo" Villafañe
  • Paco Ibáñez as Gustavo
  • Luisa Huertas as Magda
  • Vilma Traca as Teodora
  • Roberto Tello as Coreano
  • Alejandro Aragón as Dr. Francisco
  • Ricardo Barona as Humberto Navarro
  • Sussan Taunton as Rita
  • Radamés de Jesús as Paul
  • José Luis Avendaño as Dr. Humberto
  • Karyme Lozano as Liliana de Zares
  • Leonor Llausás as Anita
  • Isadora González as Sonia
  • Adriana Lavat as Flor
  • Patricia Martínez as Ágata
  • Alfonso Mier y Terán as Toby Reyes Retana de las Altas Torres
  • Mónica Dossetti as Karla Greta Reyes Retana de las Altas Torres
  • Beatriz Monroy as Adelina
  • Konnan as Himself
  • Beatriz Martinez
  • María Montejo
  • Gustavo Bermudez
  • Fernando Pinkus
  • Jaime Puga
  • Roberto Ruy
  • Lorena Álvarez
  • Verónica Macías
  • Graciela Magaña
  • Baltazar Oviedo
  • Rubén Santana
  • Alfredo Escobar
  • Paola Rodríguez
  • Roxana Castellanos
  • Ramón Coriat
  • Abigail Martínez
  • Ricardo Silva
  • Manuel Benítez
  • Rafael Valdés


Year Award Category Nominee Result
1995 13th TVyNovelas Awards Best Antagonist Actor Rafael Sánchez Navarro Nominated
Best Leading ActressCarmelita González
Best Female Revelation Claudia Silva
Best Male Revelation Radamés de Jesús
Telenovela of the highest rating in Mexico Won


  1. "Volver a Empezar" (in Spanish). alma-latina.net. Archived from the original on September 10, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
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