Tres minutos

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Tres minutos is a chamber opera by composer Nicolas Lell Benavides and librettist Marella Martin Koch. Inspired by a real program that reunites families separated by immigration policies at the U.S. - Mexico Border, but only for three minutes, Tres minutos imagines the story of Diego and Nila, a brother and sister who share DNA but not citizenship. When Diego is deported, leaving Nila behind, questions of identity, duty, and belonging threaten to consume them. The opera will be approximately 45 minutes long and explore the consequences of separation in intimate, human terms.