May 23, 2000
Composer:Charles Chaynes
Librettist:Eduardo Manet
This work takes place in Havana, Cuba, in 1830. Cecilia, a beautiful mulatto, is in love with Leonardo Gamboa, a rich young Spaniard, son of Candido Gamboa. Cecilia is intrigued by a resemblance between herself and Leonardo. Opposing his son's love affair with Cecilia, Candido orders Leonardo to marry a rich Spanish girl. (It transpires that Cecilia is the illegitimate daughter of Candido). Cecilia implores Pimiento, a young black musician in love with her, to kill Leonardo's bride after the wedding ceremony. However, during a violent quarrel with Leonardo, Pimiento kills him instead of the bride. Cecilia loses her mind and spends the rest of her days in a psychiatric hospital dreaming of a perfect love with Leonardo, who comes to her in a vision.

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Musical Style
Classical contemporary

Vocal & Musical Forces
4 principal roles, 1 secondary role; narrator-actor. Orchestra: 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, tuba. Piano, harp, synthesizer, timpani, 3 drums. Strings: 10/8/6/5/4 or 8/6/5/4/3

Original Cast
Marisol Montalvo as Cecilia Valdes, Jean-marc Salzman as Leonardo Gamboa, David Lee Brewer as José Dolores Pimienta, Alain Fondary as Don Candido Gamboa, Anne Salvan as Rosa Gamboa, Marthe Keller as La Fatalité

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