How it Began

This journey began when Charles Koppelman, a writer and filmmaker, encountered the story about how the Cuban national art schools were built in the early 1960’s on the Havana Country Club.

“I saw a review of the exhibit in the San Francisco Chronicle and went to see it the day it was closing,” says Koppelman. “The organic forms of the buildings and unique story of their creation grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.”

After more research and obtaining the book, Revolution of Forms: Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools by Bay Area professor of architecture, John Loomis, Koppelman decided the story might best be suited for an opera. “The schools themselves represent the elements of opera: music, dance, drama and art, and with their creation involved major historic figures at a watershed moment in world history.”

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