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Carla Lucero

Los Angeles, California  United States
Occupation Composer, Librettist

Carla Lucero is a female Composer/Librettist. A native of Los Angeles, she studied with composers Leonard Rosenman, Morton Subotnik, Alan Chapman and Rand Stieger. Lucero developed a highly melodic compositional style, drawing upon sources from Romantic and Neo-Classical music.



B.F.A. in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts, 1986


San Francisco

  • Wuornos (2001) An operatic adaptation of Aileen Wuornos life
  • Juana an opera-in-development, adapted from the historical novel Sor Juana's Second Dream written by Alicia Gaspar de Alba (Co-Librettist), and published in 1999 by University of New Mexico Press. Juana Inés de la Cruz

Los Angeles

  • Collage Dance Theater: original compositions written for Most Wanted (presented in a city jail), LaBrea Woman (a site-specific dance performance), Life in the Lap Lane, Out of Circulation and Liquid Assets.


  • Lester Horton Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award, 1998
  • Meet the Composer, 1999
  • OUT Magazine, "Top Ten in Music", 2001 OUT 2001
  • Advocate Magazine, "Best of Stage", 2001 Advocate 2001
  • San Francisco Arts Commission, 2001, 2006
  • California Arts Council, 2000
  • Creative Work Fund, 2001 CWF Award
  • Open Meadows Foundation, 2000, 2006
  • Horizons Foundation, 2007
  • Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Zellerbach Family Foundation, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007


  • San Francisco Chronicle Sunday, June 17, 2001
  • Advocate, The, July 3, 2001
  • Dead Ends: The Pursuit, Conviction and Execution of Female Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos, ISBN 978-0312984182, p. 291
  • Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States, ISBN 0717258157, p. 319
  • Women and Music in America Since 1900: An Encyclopedia, ISBN 157356267X, p. 379

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