2022 is off to a great start, especially for the Guerreras Latinas in the United States, as the Los Angeles Opera announced the appointment of Colombian-born Lina González-Granados as the new resident director.
“Next season, I will be doing opening night, the first production of a season which is a huge, important moment at the beginning of any year,” said Gonzalez-Granados to abc7.
Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Lina Gonzalez-Granados made her conducting debut in 2008 with the Orquesta Juvenil de Bellas Artes in her hometown.
Having trained in conducting with Charles Plez, in choral conducting at the New England Conservatory with Erica Washburn, and with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from Boston University, González-Granados is one of the most important Latinas on the classical music scene.
But that’s not all; Lina Gonzalez-Granados is an activist and fierce advocate for inclusion, which has led her to organize Unitas Ensemble, a chamber orchestra by and for Latino composers based in Boston that provides access to free community performances for underserved communities.
“For me, it’s a catastrophe, artistically, that we don’t get the visibilities,” she told 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 Medellín Philharmonic.
The Colombian-American has been recognized by critics and specialists in the operatic genre for her talent and “attention to orchestral colors,” as well as her “energetic interpretations.”
After winning the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Fourth Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition, Lina González-Granados became the new Solti Conducting Apprentice under Maestro Riccardo Muti, beginning in February 2020 and continuing through 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 historic appointment.
“In L.A. in general, it’s a city with such an explosion of multicultural resources. Our musics are as valuable as our beings,” she concluded.