May 29, 2010 | Fort Worth Opera
Before Night Falls
Composer:Jorge Martin
Librettist:Dolores M. KohnenJorge Martín
Before Night Falls is the story of Rey, a Cuban writer who faces a terrifying situation in his homeland: neither is he free to be and to express himself artistically, nor is he free to leave. He is persecuted and silenced, but he resolves to escape. Through deceit and luck, he successfully flees the island. Once outside that "island prison," he realizes the irony that although he is now "free," he forever carries within him the sense of persecution, and in addition, he suddenly faces his own premature death. Rey hastens to write his memoir (which is the substance of this opera) before he dies-- "before night falls"-- to give witness to his struggle for personal, political, and artistic freedom, a universal and perennial struggle. His character is both irrepressible and joyful; his story at once tragic and uplifting-- a perfect combination for opera.

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Florida Grand OperaBefore Night Falls3/18/2017 - 3/25/2017
Fort Worth OperaBefore Night Falls5/5/2010 - 6/6/2010
The American Opera ProjectBefore Night Falls5/1/2005 - 5/2/2005

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Musical Style
Tonal; lyrical; dramatic; joyful; picaresque; terrifying

Vocal & Musical Forces
6 principal roles, 2 secondary roles; full chorus. Orchestra: Full

Original Cast
Wes Mason (Reinaldo Arenas)
Jesus Garcia (Ovidio)
Seth Mease Carico (Victor)
Javier Abreu (Pepe)
Janice Hall (Mother/The Sea)
Courtney Ross (The Moon)
Corey Trahan (Port/Visa Official)

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