La muñeca menor
An old aunt, her 9 nieces, 2 crooked doctors, vicious shrimp, & (possibly) living dolls...
Based on the beloved magical-realist story by Rosario Ferré, La muñeca menor is a new Spanish-language opera about the measures an old doll maker must take to protect her youngest niece. Up against vicious chágaras (river prawns), a crafty doctor and his son, and less tangible forces threatening to swallow them, Aunt and Niece can only be saved through a radical act of horror and love.
The first opera by composer and librettist Jason Brauer, La muñeca menor debuted in a semi-staged production on April 27-28, 2023, at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.