Opera “¿Y los pasteles?” breaks stereotypes about this musical genre
Young Puerto Rican composer Johanny Navarro is one of the most exceptional artists of her generation. Navarro has worked on commissions for important musical soloists including Elisa Torres, Luis Miguel Rojas, and Andrea González Caballero as well as the Multicultural Music Group, Inc. and the Boston Opera Collaborative. Additionally, she has composed for ensembles such as The Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra, American Harp Society, Inc., New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, Victory Players, and Coralia from University of Puerto Rico.
Her piece, Celebration for piano trio (2016), was selected by The Arts Club of Washington D.C. as a commemorative work for the celebration of its centenary. Videntes Stellam for choir and orchestra (2016) premiered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. and was televised on EWTN. With this majestic and colorful work, the composer made her debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Roselín Pabón at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico.
Her first chamber opera, Frenesí (2017), made its premiere in Washington D.C. The next year, it was presented at the Bertita y Guillermo L. Martínez Theater of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and in 2019 achieved repositioning of its setting to opera al fresco, at the Ballajá Barracks in Viejo San Juan in a production of The Opera Theater. Consequently, Navarro was chosen as participant in the Puccini International Opera Composition Course in Lucca, Italy, where she was mentored by composer and director Giralomo Deraco. Her second chamber opera, Redención (2019), premiered at the Puccini Chamber Opera Festival 2021 in Italy.