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Celebrating Latina Composers

Now Streaming On-Demand

Opera San José formed an exciting partnership with Los Angeles Opera to create the Latina Composers recital, honoring the invaluable contributions Latina composers have made to the world of classical music.

Available with Spanish, Vietnamese, and English subtitles.


Curated by LAO Artist in Residence Russell Thomas, and featuring OSJ Resident Company members, this recital includes songs by Modesta Bor (1926-1998), María Luisa Escobar (1903-1985), Chabuca Granda (1920-1983), María Grever (1885-1951), Ernestina Lecuona (1882-1951), Ángela Peralta (1845-1883), and Consuelo Velázquez (1916-2005). Four contemporary composers, Gabriela Lena Frank, Tania León, Mariela Rodríguez, and Irma Urteaga are also represented.

“The songs I’ve programmed celebrate an incredibly rich and diverse range of musical works created by Latinas over the past two centuries throughout the Americas,” said Thomas. “Their music will transport our audiences to Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba, and Peru, all while honoring the women who wrote each piece. It was fantastic to partner with our friends in Northern California, the incredible team at Opera San José, on this gorgeous new project. Their digital media studio was the perfect space to create this thrilling undertaking.”

The recital program was prepared with the assistance of Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center.

Produced and captured in Opera San José’s Heiman Digital Media Studio.

Cast & Creative

Vanessa Becerra, soprano
Carlos Enrique Santelli, tenor
Efraín Solís, baritone
Luis Alejandro Orozco, baritone
Jose Chuy Hernandez, guitarist
César Cancino, pianist
Bryndon Hassman, pianist
Stage Director: Tara Branham
Video Production: Rapt Productions

Opera San José SPONSORS

Opera San Jose is supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose, the National Endowment for the Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundations, The Packard Humanities Institute, The Wadhwani Foundation, and Applied Materials Foundation.

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