A full month after it’s world premiere with Fort Worth Opera, Before Night Falls, a new opera by Jorge Martín, is still receiving rave reviews. Before Night Falls tells the compelling story of gay Cuban counterrevolutionary Reinaldo Arenas and his struggles as a political dissident and homosexual in both Cuba and America.
“Vibrant, musically substantive, and very touching… One of the most admirable American operas of recent years.”
– David Shengold, Gay City News
“Although Martín’s score is eclectic, it is not annoyingly pastiche-like. It is nicely shape-shifting. And it all coheres. The orchestration often has a beautiful sheen: transparent but not thin or barren. And I will tell you something extraordinary: Before Night Falls is full of arias, duets, trios, and choruses. There are real, unabashed melodies and tunes. That is old-fashioned; indeed, it is well-nigh counterrevolutionary.”
– Jay Nordlinger, National Review
– Anne Midgette, Washington Post
Make sure to check out AOP’s earlier blog post about the Fort Worth performance of Before Night Falls here.