Ruth K. & Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
Before Night Falls
Reflections on the Life of Reinaldo Arenas with Music from Jorge Martín’s Opera Before Night Falls
Sunday, February 5, 2017 | 3 PM | Coral Gables Congregational Church (Main Sanctuary) | 3010 de Soto Blvd, Coral Gables
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 Martín. 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.
This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here
For more information, please call 305-348-7266.