Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s opera Florencia en el Amazonas was the first Spanish-language opera to be commissioned by major American opera companies. The opera premiered at Houston Grand Opera in 1996 and later was presented by the co-producers in Seattle and Los Angeles. The performances in California earned Catán the Plácido Domingo Award. Florencia en el Amazonas was remounted by Houston in 2001 and released on CD in 2002. Catán’s earlier opera was Rappaccini’s Daughter, based on Octavio Paz’s retelling of the Nathaniel Hawthorne story. This opera received its American premiere in 1994 at San Diego Opera. In October 2004, Houston Grand Opera presented the world premiere of Catán’s Salsipuedes, a tale of Love, War and Anchovies.