Celebrate KPAC’s 40th Anniversary at This All-New Opera Premiere

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As KPAC celebrates its 40e anniversary this fall, we take a look back at both the station’s history and the future of classical music in South Texas. One of the most inspired and prolific voices of recent years has been Nathan Felix, whose previous work has included ‘opera for headphones’ and music for street choir and harpsichords. TPR is delighted to host the world premiere of Felix’s latest work, “Ribas-Dominicci”, a three-act chamber opera based on the story.

This free community event will take place Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m. at the Malu and Carlos Alvarez Theater, and will be followed by a post-show reception featuring both non-alcoholic refreshments and custom cocktails from Pastiche, using Barrell Craft Spirits.

Reserve your place via this link.

Free validated parking is available at the City Tower Garage at 111 North Main Street. An additional entrance is at 60 North Flores Street.

TPR’s main entrance on Commerce Street is fully wheelchair accessible, with a designated curb for vehicle drop-off.


Major Fernando Luis Ribas-Dominicci – Pedro Carreras Jr. (Tenor)
Blanca Ribas-Berrain – Lucianna Astorga (Soprano)

SYNOPSIS: This is a 60-minute chamber opera in 3 acts written to premiere live at Texas Public Radio’s Carlos Alvarez Theater in San Antonio on November 4, 2022. It’s a story about Fernando Luis Ribas -Dominicci, major and pilot in the United States Air Force, as told by his living wife Blanca Berrain. Blanca worked with composer Nathan Felix to develop the libretto telling stories about Fernando’s early years in Puerto Rico, how the two fell in love, details leading up to Operation El Dorado Canyon and the aftermath of losing his her husband.

Ribas-Dominicci was a US Air Force F-111F pilot who was killed in action during Operation El Dorado Canyon. Ribas-Dominicci received secret orders from President Ronald Reagan for the April 15, 1986 American air raid on Libya. Ribas-Dominicci, who took part in the airstrike as a member of the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, was shot down in action over the disputed Gulf of Sidra off the coast of Libya. Ribas-Dominicci was 33 years old.

On December 25, 1988, after years of denying holding the bodies of the two crew members, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi offered to hand over the body of Ribas-Berrain co-pilot Paul Lorence to his family through the Pope John. Paul II. The body recovered and believed to be that of Lorence was actually that of Captain Fernando L. Ribas-Dominicci, who was identified by dental records and returned in 1989. Ribas-Dominicci was born in the town of Utado in Puerto Rico and since Upon his death, San Juan Airport named the airport Fernando Ribas Dominicci, and the city of Utuado honored its fallen hero by naming a main avenue as Fernando Ribas-Dominicci Avenue. Blanca & Fernando Jr. helped develop this longer version of the opera.

Act 1: The early years

Act 2: War & History

Act 3: El Dorado Canyon

Reserve your spot here: KPAC 40th Anniversary Presents: Ribas-Dominicci by Nathan Felix (tpr.org)