Bel Canto
Composer: Jimmy Lopez
Composer Bio: Jimmy López was born in Lima, Peru in 1978. From 1998 until 2000 he studied with Enrique Iturriaga at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima. From 2000 till 2007 he studied with Veli-Matti Puumala and Eero Hämeenniemi at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, from where he obtained his Master of Music Degree in 2007. Mr. López completed his Ph.D. in Music at the University of California-Berkeley in May 2012, where he worked with Professor Edmund Campion. His works have been performed by ensembles such as Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Chile and the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, among others; and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Darmstadt Music Festival, Donaueschingen Music Festival and the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Librettist: Nilo Cruz
Librettist Bio: Cruz was born in Cuba in 1960, and during his early childhood, his father, who was a staunch opponent of the communist government, was imprisoned for trying to flee the country. After his father finished serving his sentence, when Nilo was nine years old, the family immigrated to the United States and took up residency in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. He began exploring his interest in theater by acting and directing in the early 1980’s. Before moving to New York City, he studied theater at Miami Dade Community College. In New York, he met fellow Cuban Marìa Irene Fornès, who recommended him to an instructor at Brown University. Eventually he attended Brown and earned his M.F.A. in 1994.
Premiere Date: December 07, 2015
Description: Superstar American diva Roxane Coss has flown to Peru to sing at the vice president's home for a visiting Japanese mogul who is an opera buff. Dignitaries of every nationality are there — but an international crisis explodes when terrorists storm the mansion and take everyone hostage.

Isolated for months, unlikely alliances form between captors and captives as fear and anger mingle uneasily with desire and even love. Music is the one universal language — but can it draw forth the humanity that exists in us all?

Character List (Major): Roxane Coss (Soprano)
Carmen (Mezzo Soprano)
Ruben Iglesias (Tenor)
General Alfredo (Tenor)
Gen (Tenor)
Hosokawa (Bass Baritone)
Messner (Baritone)
Cesar (Countertenor)
Fyodorov (Bass)
Length: 03:00
Total Acts: 2
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The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2004 Repertoire Development
Project Name: Bel Canto - Act 1 Workshop
Awardee: Santa Fe Opera, The
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