Ribas-Dominicci

Presented by Texas Public Radio and Luminaria and Nathan Felix, Composer at Manú and Carlos Alvarez Theatre, San Antonio TX

Apr 30 2021
Ribas-Dominicci

New Opera to Honor Air Force hero Major Fernando Ribas-Dominicci

Composer, Nathan Felix, is set to premiere a new chamber opera inspired by the life of Major Fernando Luis Ribas-Dominicci, a pilot in the United States Air Force who was killed in action during Operation El Dorado Canyon in 1986. The opera features mezzo-soprano Kathleen Shelton and baritone Lee Bailey Farrar. The opera titled, Ribas-Dominicci, will premiere virtually as part of Texas Public Radio’s Daystream series on Friday April 30th at 2pm CST.

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  • Apr 30, 2021 at 02:00 pm - 02:30 pm (Fri)

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Composer, Nathan Felix, is set to premiere a new chamber opera inspired by the life of Major Fernando Luis Ribas-Dominicci, a pilot in the United States Air Force who was killed in action during Operation El Dorado Canyon in 1986. The opera features mezzo-soprano Kathleen Shelton and baritone Lee Bailey Farrar. The opera titled, Ribas-Dominicci, will premiere virtually as part of Texas Public Radio’s Daystream series on Friday April 30th at 2pm CST.

Ribas-Dominicci, who’s family resides in San Antonio, was an F-111F pilot in the United States Air Force who was killed in action during Operation El Dorado Canyon. Ribas-Dominicci was given orders from then President Ronald Reagan for the April 15, 1986 U.S. air raid on Libya where he was shot down in action over the disputed Gulf of Sidra off the Libyan coast. On December 25, 1988, after years of denying that they had the bodies of the two crew members, Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, offered to release the body of Ribas-Berrain’s co-pilot, Paul Lorence to his family through Pope John Paul II. The body recovered and thought to be that of Lorence was actually that of then-Captain Fernando L. Ribas-Dominicci, which was identified by dental records and returned in 1989. Ribas-Dominicci was born in the town of Utado in Puerto Rico and since his passing, the airport in San Juan named Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport and the City of Utuado honored its fallen hero by naming a main avenue as Fernando Ribas-Dominicci Avenue. Felix collaborated with the wife of Ribas-Dominicci, Blanca Ribas for the libretto and tone of the work.

Ribas-Dominicci is a 25 minute, 3-act, opera about love, valor and sacrifice. In addition to leads, Bailey-Farrar and Shelton, conductor Richard Castillo will lead an all star ensemble consisting of Oscar Dodier (violin), Ptotia Furlow (viola), Stephen Long (cello), Ed Knoekel (piano) and a 4-piece choir.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.

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Manú and Carlos Alvarez Theatre

321 W. Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

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