Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Academic Program Adviser
L Poundie Burstein
OPERAbbit takes place in an unknown country with unnamed characters who are struggling for basic necessities amongst a political, social, and economic crisis. Questions of loyalty, trust, and nationalism are brought to the foreground as our Protagonist receives an unconventional government hand-out: a bunny. This fictional story— written by the composer and her brother— is met with humor and the liveliness of Latin American culture. The underlying truth, however, is more tragic. Many countries in Latin America have faced deep political, economic, or societal problems throughout their histories. None, however, have faced them all simultaneously as the country of Venezuela is facing right now. Inspired by actual events in Venezuela, this chamber opera questions the current social climate of today’s bizarre political reality.
Mayz, Mariel C., "OPERAbbit" (2018). CUNY Academic Works.