This version of Las cinco lunas de Lorca was commissioned by Los Angeles Opera
arranged 2020 by the composer
Unavailable for performance.
Utilizing an original text by my longtime collaborator playwright Nilo Cruz, Las cinco lunas de Lorca (The Five Moons of Lorca) lyrically describes the shooting death of dramatist Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) at the hands of Nationalist forces at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. Hints of Spanish folksong, which García Lorca passionately championed contrary to the decree of the Franco dictatorship, are featured throughout.
Originally commissioned by the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus, this version for SATB chorus and solo countertenor was commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera.
— Gabriela Lena Frank