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Gabriela Ortiz

¡Únicamente La Verdad! (Only the Truth)

The Real Story of Camelia La Tejana
An opera by Gabriela Ortiz
Libretto by Rubén Ortiz Torres

Outlaws. Love. Deceit. ONLY THE TRUTH (¡Únicamente La Verdad!) is based on a popular Mexican ballad, “Contrabando y Traicion” (Smuggling and Betrayal). This docu-opera, lifted from the headlines, follows Camelia la Tejana and her lover as they smuggle drugs across the border to Los Angeles. The payoff becomes a deadly showdown! Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz creates a pulsing score that fuses classical and Mexican influences.

SPECS

Duration:

80'

Movements:

Instrumentation:

Principal Roles :
- Camelia la Tejana – soprano
- Escritor – baritone
- Periodista – tenor
- Compositor/Blogger/Senor – baritone
- El Tigre – tenor

Instrumentation :
- winds
- strings
- accordion
- guitar
- percussion

Tech:

Language: Spanish

BACKGROUND

Date of composition:

2008

Commissionner:

Performances:

World Premiere: Mexico City Opera, March 2010
US Premiere: Long Beach Opera, March 2013
Workshop production: Indiana University, 2007

Awards:

Press:

“The libretto holds power and poetry. The music, ranging stylistically from exotic avant-garde to lyrical, fits the subject marvelously. The visual elements called for provide an atmosphere at once real and surreal." - Peter Jacobi, Bloomington Herald Times

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Gabriela Ortiz is one of the most vibrant musicians emerging on the international scene. Her musical language achieves an extraordinary and expressive synthesis of tradition and the avant-garde, combining high art, folk music, and jazz in novel, refined, and personal ways. 


¡Unicamente la Verdad!, Ortiz's video opera created in collaboration with video artist Ruben Ortiz Torres, has received critical acclaim in Bloomington, Indiana; the Mexico City Festival and Long Beach, California. Recent orchestral commissions include Hominum for the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Yanga for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Antropolis for the Louisiana Symphony Orchestra. Her recent opera, Luciérnaga (Firefly), for solo soprano, premiered in 2018 at the Vertice festival. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra recorded and performed her work Hominum in Fall of 2018. 


In fall of 2019, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, and the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble performed the world premiere of Yanga; The New World Symphony presented Hominum; and the LA Phil presented the UK premiere of Téenek - Ivenciones de territorio in their London tour. Upcoming commissions include collaborations with the Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Gabriela Ortiz est parmi les musiciennes les plus dynamiques et les plus inspirantes à émerger sur la scène internationale. Son langage musical, qui fait appel d’une manière neuve, souvent raffinée et toujours personnelle, aussi bien au grand art et à la musique populaire qu’au jazz, réalise une extraordinaire synthèse, fort expressive, de la tradition et de l’avant-garde. 


¡Unicamente la Verdad!, son vidéo-opéra, a été créé en collaboration avec le vidéaste Ruben Ortiz Torres et a été joué à Bloomington, Indiana, au Mexico City Festival et à Long Beach en Californie. Ses récentes commissions pour orchestre incluent Hominum pour l'Orchestre Symphonique National de Mexico, Yanga pour le Los Angeles Philharmonic et Antropolis pour le Louisiana Symphony Orchestra. Son plus récent opéra, Luciérnaga (Luciole), pour soprano solo, a été présenté en primeur mondiale au Vertice festival en 2018. 


Le Royal Scottish National Orchestra a enregistré et joué son oeuvre Hominum à l'automne 2018. En automne 2019, le LA Phil, Gustavo Dudamel, et l’ensemble de percussion Tambuco ont présenté en primeur mondiale l’oeuvre Yanga; le New World Symphony a présenté Hominum; et le LA Phil a présenté Téenek - Ivenciones de territorio lors de leur tournée à Londres. Ses prochaines commandes incluent des collaborations avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne et le Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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