More Press, More Photos from Havana

I’ve neglected posting updates: busy digging out from my month in Havana. And taking a breath.

There has been widespread interest in getting the opera presented in the U.S. and Europe. People in Seattle, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area are helping to make this possible. Which is fantastic.

There’s been more press coverage from the Havana performances in The New Statesman, Opera Now, and Granma — the Cuban state newspaper. You’ll need Google translate (and a grain of salt) for the latter.

More images for your pleasure:

L-R: Fidel, Eleggua, and Che. (credit: Ricky Opaterny)

L-R: Fidel, Eleggua, and Che. (credit: Ricky Opaterny)

Eleggua and Porro. (credit: Abel Carmenate)

Eleggua and Porro. (credit: Abel Carmenate)

Composer Roberto Valera - photo c Ricky Opaterny

Composer Roberto Valera (credit: Ricky Opaterny)

Curtain call. (credit: Abel Carmenate)

Cubanacan Opens in Havana

On Thursday evening May 21, beneath a crescent moon, Cubanacan opened its three-night run in Havana with great success.

An audience of over 400 — a mix of Cubans and Havana Bienal visitors from abroad — gave a standing ovation to the first new Cuban opera performed in Cuba in fifty years.

That same day this feature story by Michael Cooper appeared in the New York Times.


Eleggua (Marcos Lima) the Santeria deity of fate, opens the opera.


L-R: Che Guevara (Jose Verdera), Selma Diaz (Laura Ulloa), and Fidel Castro (Roger Quintana). With chorus.

Porro - photo c Ricky Opaterny

Ricardo Porro (Bryan Lopez), the architect.


Oshun (Yilam Sartorio), the Santeria deity of love, art and water.

Upcoming posts will provide further details, and more photos.