…”Pepito got pride of place. It wasn’t just because dogs and children tend to steal the show. It was because Nicolas Lell Benavides, the composer, and Marella Martin Koch, the librettist, found a way to sketch complete characters in swift sure lines.”
- Anne Midgette, Washington Post
…”The piece avoids the painfully cutesy, while scoring winning points about commitments and priorities. Making it click is the jaunty score by Nicolas Lell Benavides, who cooks up a clever stylistic mix with touches of cabaret, musical theater and Latin dance.”
- Tim Smith, OPERA NEWS
Commissioned by Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative. Performed at the Kennedy Center.