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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 writer and dissident Reinaldo Arenas. The event will feature spoken narratives and music from the opera Before Night Falls 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. The opera premiered in 2010 to critical acclaim.


Jorge Duany, Director, FiU Cuban Research Institute

Uva de Aragon, Author

Rich Denis, Heritage Program Director, Coming Out Cuba Foundation

Florida Grand Opera Young Artists

Sponsored by the Florida Grand Opera and supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts Co-sponsored by the FIU Cuban Research Institute, FIU Department of Modern Languages, FIU Honors College, FIU Spanish & Mediterranean Studies Program,TotalBank Distinguished Speaker Series, Coral Gables Congregational Church and Coming Out Cuba Foundation



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Winter 2-5-2017


Coral Gables


Latin American Studies

Before Night Falls Reflections of the Life of Reinaldo Arenas with Music from Jorge Martin's Opera Before Night Falls



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