JUANA Opera Workshop Performance

Saturday, April 06, 2019

8:00 PM
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Opera UCLA
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Opera UCLA
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Opera UCLA presents two workshop readings of the new opera Juana, based on the novel Sor Juana’s Second Dream by UCLA Professor Alicia Gaspar de Alba, with music by Carla Lucero and libretto by Gaspar de Alba and Lucero. Conducted by Mary Chun, directed by Peter Kazaras. The opera tells the story of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a 17th-century feminist genius whose life was marked by repeated conflict with men of the Inquisition; she was an accomplished theologian, poet, author, composer, artist and architect.

Juana is ultimately planned as a fully-staged, evening-length performance. Opera UCLA will proudly present the world premiere performances in November 2019.

Join us for Q&A sessions after the spring workshops.


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Opera UCLA
Mary Chun - Music Director, Peter Walsh - Pianist, Scott Belluz - Countertenor, Christina Esser - Mezzo-Soprano, Michelle Drever - Soprano, ensemble cast and chorus
Speakers / Participants
Peter Kazaras - Director, Mary Chun - Music Director, Carla Lucero - Composer/Co-Librettist, Alicia Gaspar de Alba - Author/Co-Librettist
Carla Lucero

Saturday, April 6    8:00 pm 

Sunday, April 7   4:00 pm

Piano/Vocal presentations of the Spanish language opera, JUANA, by Composer and Co-Librettist, Carla Lucero and Author and Co-Librettist, Alicia Gaspar de Alba.

JUANA is a chamber opera in 2 acts. This piano/vocal workshop presentation is a preview for the premiere in November, 2019. The premiere will feature a chamber orchestra of 12, including early music instruments such as alto recorder, vihuela and harpsichord. 

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