An opera by Gabriela Ortiz with libretto written by Silvia Peláez
About the work
LUCIÉRNAGA tells the story of Alcira Soust Scaffo, an Uruguayan poet, who locked herself in the male toilet of the Tower of Humanities at UNAM, during a military intervention to the university on September 18, 1968.
"14 personas: (1 compositora, 1 libretista, 2 directores –musical y de escena–, 1 cantante, 4 músicos, 5 creativos –escenógrafo, audio, electroacúsica, videoproyección, y 1 traspunte-productor–)
1 actor local, 8 músicos invitados, 1 supertitulaje
6 sencillas y 4 dobles"
1 Proyector Laser de 10,000 Ansi-lúmenes con lente standard. Cable HDMI. Instalación keytoning.
Date of composition:
Festival Vertice of UNAM
Premiere: October 2019, Festival Vertice of UNAM
"Luciérnaga: exploring the hyperreality and hyper-myth
The librettist has created a good text for a soprano and a male actor. The work narrates a claustrophobic environment, and we see how Alcira, sung by Cecilia Eguiarte, tells what is happening outside the building but also things that happen in her head. She struggles with real facts and with her mind. (...) The music of Gabriela Ortiz was very descriptive for such plot full of uprising emotions and inner feelings. It was a turmoil very well depicted by percussions and winds, sometimes nice and lovely, others aggressive and chaotic, but always on the track of the plot. The soprano Cecilia Eguiarte sang an interesting and convincing Alcira, dealing always well with the defying score and acting adequately.(...) The work in the whole was very good, maybe some elements might be extra, as for my taste, but that it is a just personal choice. I highly recommend this work and I am hoping to see it again because it should have had more than three performances."
- César Octavio Moreno Zayas
PhD Candidate for The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Two Latin Grammy nominated Gabriela Ortiz is one of the foremost composers in Mexico today, and one of the most vibrant musicians emerging in 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, frequently refined and always personal ways. Her compositions are credited for being both entertaining and immediate as well as profound and sophisticated; she achieves a balance between highly organized structure and improvisatory spontaneity. Although based in Mexico, her music is commissioned and performed all over the world.