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Cuban Poet Reinaldo Arenas Comes Back To Life On Opera Stage

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Calvin Griffin (L) as Revolutionary official Victor and Elliot Madore (R), as Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas in Florida Grand Opera's production of “Before Night Falls.”";s:

Over 17 years ago, the tortured life of a Cuban dissident artist was the subject of a critically acclaimed film.

“Before Night Falls,” directed by Julian Schnabel, examines the life of Reinaldo Arenas, the poet and novelist oppressed by the Castro regime for his outspokenness and his homosexuality. 

The film earned Spanish actor Javier Bardem an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Arenas and also starred Johnny Depp, Diego Luna and Sean Penn.

The film shares a title with Arenas' posthumous memoir as well as an opera now being performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center by Florida Grand Opera. 

In the interview below, WLRN’s Christine DiMattei talks to Jorge Martin, the composer of “Before Night Falls.”


What: “Before Night Falls” by Florida Grand Opera

When: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Info: Please visit fgo.org or call 800-741-1010


Christine DiMattei is WLRN's Morning Edition anchor and also reports on Arts & Culture.
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