It is just before dawn. The song in my dream calls me to the piano. Who will sing this melody? Will it be Sor Juana, the seventeenth-century Mexican nun who fought for the rights of girls to be educated? Perhaps it is Aileen Wuornos, meeting her fate on death row, after suffering a lifetime of trauma. It could also be the silence of three bystanders, bearing witness to violence, but too afraid to act, or the inner workings of Helen Keller’s brilliant mind, calling out racism, ableism and other “isms”, although she couldn’t see the color of my skin.
These are the subjects of my operas.
Carla Lucero has been awarded a 2022 - 2023 Women Composer's Commissioning Grant from OPERA America for her opera-in-progress, TOUCH, with Opera Birmingham. TOUCH will premiere in 2024. (Marianna Mott Newirth, co-librettist.)
The Everywhere of Her - an educational music drama with book and lyrics by Velina Hasu Houston and music by Carla Lucero, was commissioned and produced by The Ebell of Los Angeles and premiered March 2023 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
Navona Records releases Piano Spectrums, a compilation of solo piano works including pieces from my first opera, WUORNOS!
The collection of pieces is brilliantly interpreted by Anna Kislitsyna, who will perform my work and the work of nine other composers at Carnegie Hall on June 24, 2022.
To learn more about this recording please click this link: https://bit.ly/PIANOSPECTRUMS
For tickets to attend the Carnegie Hall performance in June, please click here: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2022/06/24/Anna-Kislitsyna-Piano-0800PM
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