A new compelling and provocative ballet by Marika Brussel, music by Carla Lucero. LIVESTREAM Premiere July 24-25, 2021 from ODC Theater in San Francisco.
'touch' is an opera in progress about Helen Keller. Music by Carla Lucero and libretto by Carla Lucero and Marianna Mott Newirth. It is slated for premiere in 2023 with Opera Birmingham. Currently seeking general support, co-commissioners and co-producers. Video by Marianna Mott Newirth.
This is a six minute video of highlights from a few of my projects - operas, chamber music and a dance production. For more extensive samples of each work, please see the videos below. Thanks!
'Juana' is a Spanish language chamber opera about the great Mexican poet, nun and feminist icon, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Music by Carla Lucero and libretto by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Carla Lucero. 'Juana' is based on the book Sor Juana's Second Dream by Alicia Gaspar de Alba. The world premiere was November 2019 in Los Angeles with Opera UCLA. The East Coast premiere will be in August 2021 with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble in New York.
WUORNOS is an English language opera in two acts chronicling the tragic life of "America's First Female Serial Killer", Aileen Wuornos. A victim of severe childhood abuse and neglect, Wuornos was tried by the media after confessing to the murders of seven men to save her lover's life. The opera premiered in 2001 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Music and libretto by Carla Lucero.
El Castillo Interior is a song cycle for Male Soprano, Bass Clarinet & Prepared Piano. It was commissioned by chamber ensemble Earplay, premiering 2015 at ODC Theater in San Francisco. The song cycle is based on mystic Santa Teresa de Avila's theory that the soul is a mansion with 7 rooms. It will have its UK premiere in March 2021 at the London Festival of American Music. Featured musicians are Randall Wong, Peter Josheff and Brenda Tom. Music by Carla Lucero and text by Santa Teresa de Avila.
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