LAS AUTÉNTICAS (2020) - opera in one act
Premiere: April 17th, 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 contemporary 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.