Colombian Lina González-Granados appointed resident conductor of the Los Angeles Opera
2022 promises to be great start, especially for the Guerreras Latinas in the United States, as the Los Angeles Opera House announced the appointment of Colombian-born Lina González-Granados as the new resident director.
“Next season I’ll be doing opening night, the first production of a season which is a huge and important moment at the start of any year,” Gonzalez-Granados told abc7.
Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Lina Gonzalez-Granados made her conductor’s debut in 2008 with the Orquesta Juvenil de Bellas Artes in her hometown.
Trained in conducting with Charles Plez, in conducting at the New England Conservatory with Erica Washburn, and with a doctorate in musical arts in conducting from Boston University, González-Granados is one of the most important Latinas in the classical music scene. .
But that’s not all; Lina Gonzalez-Granados is an activist and ardent advocate for inclusion, which led her to organize Unitas set, a chamber orchestra by and for Latin composers based in Boston that provides access to free community performances for underserved communities.
“For me, it’s a disaster, artistically, that we don’t have the visibility,” she said. abc7.
She has recently performed with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and the Medellín Philharmonic.
The Colombian American has been recognized by critics and specialists in the lyrical genre for his talent and “attention to orchestral colors”, as well as his “energetic interpretations”.
After winning the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s fourth Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition, Lina González-Granados became Solti’s new apprentice conductor under the direction of Maestro Riccardo Muti, from February 2020 to June 2022.
She is currently the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra and has held the same position with the Seattle Symphony. In 2022, she will become resident conductor of the Los Angeles Opera, which many consider a landmark appointment.
“In LA in general, it’s a city with such an explosion of multicultural resources. Our music has as much value as our beings ”, she concluded.