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An overlooked inventor gets a musical tribute in Miami Beach

An overlooked inventor gets a musical tribute in Miami Beach

When composer Carson Kievman first got the idea to do an opera about Nikola Tesla in the 1980s, no one really knew much about the Gilded Age inventor.

Sure, there was the hard-rock band and, much later, the electric car, both of which borrowed the surname. But who was this Nikola Tesla and what made him operaworthy?

“We didn’t read about him in our history books,” the North Miami Beach resident says. “He spent close to 70 years in abject poverty and completely unknown, this great, brilliant man. That struck me deep.”

Now, 31 years after Kievman first started to compose “Tesla,” the multidisciplinary opera will have a world premiere Sept. 28-Oct. 1 as a SoBe Arts...

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