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Cuban Poet Reinaldo Arenas Comes Back To Life On Opera Stage

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Chris Kakol
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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.”

IF YOU GO

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

 

Years ago, after racking her brains trying to find a fun, engaging, creative night gig to subsidize her acting habit, Chris decided to ride her commercial voiceover experience into the fast-paced world of radio broadcasting. She started out with traffic reporting, moved on to news -- and never looked back. Since then, Chris has worked in newsrooms throughout South Florida, producing stories for radio broadcasts and the web.