La Alcaldesa

an opera in English & Spanish based on Puerto Rico's first female mayor

Felisa Rincón de Gautier

La Alcaldesa started in late 2020 as part of Laura's IDEA Residency at Opera America. Laura and librettist Sandra Flores-Strand met through a Facebook group and they have been partners in crime ever since. A very successful workshop took place on May 7, 2022 at the National Opera Center in NYC.

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About La Alcaldesa

Felisa Rincón de Gautier was San Juan, Puerto Rico's first female mayor. Known for her motherly affection, she served the city for 22 years. In La Alcaldesa we show her imagined emotional journey to leadership, as a woman in a male-dominated society.

Meet The Team

Opera Workshop Premiere excerpts
National Opera Center
full workshop performance available upon request

Melisa Bonetti, mezzo-soprano, Juan Hernández, tenor, José Luis Maldonado, baritone, José Cuartas, baritone, Cristina María Castro, soprano, David Bloom - conductor, Contemporaneous - ensemble

Project Support

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Casa Museo Felisa Rincón de Gautier in San Juan, PR
Hilda Jimenes
Senator Eduardo Bhatia
Augusto Gautier
Maria P. Rincón
José Antonio Virella Santana
Laura Virella
Edgardo Huertas
Silverio Pérez
Hilda Rodriguez

Ana Lourdes Acosta