Tres Minutos

Year of Premiere

Tres Minutos, a chamber opera by the young composer Nicolas Lell Benavides and librettist Marella Martin Koch. The title refers to a program that allows selected families separated by immigration policies a three-minute supervised reunion at the border. The opera imagines the story of a brother and sister who share DNA but not citizenship. After Diego is deported to Mexico, they are both consumed by questions of identity, duty and belonging. The opera avoids easy answers, and instead explores the consequences of separation in intimate human terms. Tres Minutos will be approximately 45 minutes long.