No, this blog isn’t about Isabel and Willie’s newest dog, little Dulce. It’s about Isabel’s opera! Well, sort of…
The opera, which is being co-presented by The Broad Stage and the L.A. Opera at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center May 17–June 9, is based on Isabel’s short story, “An Act of Vengeance.” Set in a South American country in the 1950s, “An Act of Vengeance” is a tale of romance, ruin, revenge and redemption. It concerns a woman named Dulce who is raped by the man who kills her father. She spends her life plotting revenge for the murder, only to fall in love with the man, thereby betraying her promise to avenge her father’s death. To silence her father’s ghost, Dulce kills herself, leaving the villain to live out his life with his regrets and the vision of her bloodied body.
I realize I’ve just given away the story…BUT let me just say that this is the nutshell version, and would make a great opera in and of itself! I left out many fabulous bits like the bodies of the senators hanging from the trees and the bloody fountain, so you can see that the story is still worth a read.
Of course, this is all a preface to the real point of this blog: What will Isabel wear to the opera? Well, it’s been a long road but I think we can safely say a decision has been made! Phew!