LAS AUTÉNTICAS (2020) - opera in one act
Premiere: April 17th, 2021, Kennedy Center, Washington DC for the American Opera Initiative
Libretto by Laura Fuentes
Jenny and her aunt Luz run a taco stand that has been named as a finalist for a social media influencer’s Most Authentic Taco title. As they await the influencer’s visit and final verdict, Jenny questions her cultural legitimacy as a first-generation Mexican-American, as Luz hearkens back to lessons learned from a lifetime of punk rock fandom. Who determines authenticity? How far should we lean into others’ expectations? Whose tacos will emerge victorious?
WNO’s acclaimed commissioning program for contem-porary American opera enters its ninth exciting season, showcasing three new 20-minute operas. Guided by Program Director, Robert Ainsley, the Cafritz Young Artists will join with members of the WNO Orchestra to premiere each of the new works in a virtual concert setting. Each opera will be performed in English and highlight a very different aspect of American life and culture.
This season, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis, acclaimed librettist and dramaturg Kelley Rourke, and renowned conductor David Neely act as mentors for the three teams of composers and librettists.