Beyond Havana

I just returned from a quick trip to New York and Washington, D.C. where I had several meetings with presenters and producers about mounting the opera. There is a lot of interest in Cuba now, so the timing was good. I’m encouraged.

The Lincoln Center Festival in New York has been tracking developments with the opera over the last several years. They will consider “Cubanacan” for an upcoming season.

I had a very productive meeting with The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. They spoke about programming the opera for their 2017 season — three or four performances. They’d want to bring in the Cuban performers, which is fantastic.

I met with Nederlander Worldwide, which staged a Cuban version of “Rent” in Havana last year to great acclaim. Nederlander has an ongoing relationship with major theatrical venues in China. They will bring the idea of presenting “Cubanacan” to their partners in China.

Stay tuned for new developments as I focus my energy on getting “Cubanacan” on stage in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Second New York Times Story

In today’s Sunday New York Times, on the front page of the Arts and Leisure section, there is a feature story about the Havana Bienal which includes prominent mention of the opera:

Note the gorgeous photo of Oshun by our good friend Ricky Opaterny.

Oshun NYT

In case you missed it an earlier New York Times feature story about the opera by Michael Cooper ran the day of the premiere. Here:

A reminder that you can view seven minutes of video highlights from the Havana performance here:

My goal now is to build on the success in Cuba by having the opera produced in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Next week I travel to New York and Washington, DC for meetings with major venues and producers. Interest is brewing already.