Before Night Falls Reflections on the Life of Reinaldo Arenas with Music from Jorge Martin's Opera Before Night Falls
Join the Florida Grand Opera and the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs for a special presentation exploring the life and times of Cuban poet and dissident Reinaldo Arenas. The event will feature personal reflections by members the South Florida community who knew Arenas, along with music from the opera Before Night Fails by Cuban American composer Jorge Martin.
Based on Arenas'famous memoir, the opera follows his life from childhood poverty in the Cuban countryside to his emigration to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boatlift and his last decade in New York City. The work traces his trials and tribulations as a political prisoner disillusioned by the Cuban Revolution and persecuted by the Castro regime as a dissident writer and homosexual who was forced to smuggle his manuscripts abroad for publication.
In 2000, the autobiography was made into an award-winning feature film directed by Julian Schnabel and starring Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp. The opera premiered in 2010 to critical acclaim.
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