WASHINGTON - A talented teen isn't news.
But a talented teen who writes and composes a full opera before graduating from high school is.
Juan Amaya's first opera, "Cinde'ella," will have its world premiere this weekend at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Georgetown.
The 19-year-old D.C. native fell in love with classical music while watching a YouTube video in the 8th grade. For more than two years he's worked diligently on his score.
Amaya describes "Cinde'ella" to his teacher Mary Jane Ayers "as a drama with themes of right and wrong."
"It's a Cinderella story with a religious (Christian) twist to it. It's from my personal experiences of having to answer questions about my life," he notes (pun intended).
"Cinde'ella" will be performed on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25 at the school's Ellington Theater as part of "A Night At the Opera: The Many Faces of Cinderella."
Four fully-costumed, staged operatic versions of Cinderella, all directed by Ayers, will be presented, of which Amaya's is the longest in length.
Curtain time is 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased on-line by clicking here or at the door for the astonishingly low price of $10.
Street parking is available.
The school is located at 3500 R St. NW in D.C.
Hear Amaya discuss his opera and listen to a rehearsal below:
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