LA Opera has named a Latina as its next resident conductor
The national and international music industry has recognized Lina Gonzalez-Granados for her talent in classical music. And now she will be the resident director of the Los Angeles Opera for the 22-23 season. Gonzalez was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. From an early age, she began to study music professionally in her hometown. Gonzalez made him start as a conductor in 2008 with the Youth Orchestra of Bellas Artes in Cali. Currently, she holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting with Charles Peltz, a graduate diploma in choral conducting from the New England Conservatory, and a doctorate of musical arts in orchestral conducting from the University of Boston.
Gonzalez is someone who supports inclusion and has never given up on her roots and her Latino community. So she founded an orchestra called Unitas Ensemble. Unitas was founded in 2014 to spread the beauty of Latin music and respect for folk music. Additionally, Unitas has produced and performed world musical premieres and works by Latin composers. The orchestra also offered a variety of concerts for these marginalized communities so that all can enjoy musical artistic experiences.
The classical music industry has recognized the 34-year-old music lover for her dedication with major awards in the classical music industry. Some of them are the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition of the Fourth Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Sphinx Medal of Excellence 2021. She also won third prize and the special ECHO prize in the La Maestra competition, as well as the 2020-2021 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award. It is therefore obvious that she the musical experience is vast; she conducted the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Rochester Philharmonic. She also made her debuts with the National Orchestra of Spain and the Nürnberger Symphoniker.
Gonzalez says music is a way to express everything that cannot be expressed in words. She said she never doubted that music was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. And most importantly, she pointed out that hHer goal with this great opportunity she has at the Los Angeles Opera is to get closer to the whole Latin community and above all, to make the community more interested in classical music.
Some of his future performances include his debut at Dallas Opera – The Barber of Seville from March 19-27. Also, the New York Philharmonic – Youth Concert: One Planet on May 14. And the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife on June 03.