“So “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 San Francisco Conservatory of Music's newsroom recently did an interview and write up with me and Matt Boehler about our upcoming operas with the Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative at the Kennedy Center in January. Matt and I were two of the three composers chosen to participate, and we are both alumni of SFCM, having studied under David Conte.
“I identify myself as a New Mexican first and foremost, and probably composer second. If you talk to me long enough, I can’t help but explain New Mexican red and green chile, which of course is definitely not Texas chili (almost always the first question). I eventually find myself talking about the weather (did you know we have thunderstorms and even snow?), the language (30% of New Mexicans speak Spanish?), and the local music (this odd mix of Rockabilly and Ranchera/Corrido?). I could go on as you might imagine.
However, there is something I’m ashamed to admit: Before this year I rarely, if ever, wrote music about myself. In spite of New Mexico being so dear to my heart, I always found myself enchanted by other influences, boxing off the Land of Enchantment and letting it touch every aspect of my life except composition. When I tried in the past, it always felt contrived.”Read More
Uno de los planes a futuro para ellos es crear una obra que involucre a los jóvenes que han capacitado durante años en el proyecto. El músico y compositor estadounidense, Nicolás Benavides visitó Chinandega y asegura que el talento que ha encontrado en Nicaragua es muy especial.
“Estoy componiendo una nueva obra y ahora me he dado cuenta que una cosa que es muy importante para mí es que ellos puedan ayudarme a hacer la obra, y es una obra muy larga entonces quiero colaborar con otras personas”, manifiesta Nicolás.Read More