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Review: Orchestra raises Florida Grand Opera's 'Before Night Falls'

Review: Orchestra raises Florida Grand Opera's 'Before Night Falls'

The true-life narrative in “Before Night Falls” is profoundly powerful and undeniably affecting: A gay Cuban poet, inspired by the beauty of the island but brutally oppressed by the government, escapes to America only to find that the loss of his homeland is as crippling as the loss of freedom had been, and, stricken with AIDS, commits suicide shortly after finishing his masterwork memoir in 1990.

The tragedy that imbued much of Reinaldo Arenas’ life and his memoir, published in 1993, provide the heart and soul of Jorge Martin’s 2009 operatic interpretation, receiving only its second production thanks to Florida Grand Opera’s commitment to staging less familiar works along with...

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