On the podium: Lina González-Granados and other conductors with Latin American origins

Posted on: March 22, 2022

“Latin American conductors of classical music … are making it big in an industry that has been mostly white and European since its beginnings,” writes Marina E. Franco in Saturday’s (3/19) Axios.com. Colombian American conductor Lina González-Granados “was recently named the resident conductor for the Los Angeles Opera…. She will make her LA debut in September. First, she’ll conduct ‘The Barber of Seville’ at the Dallas Opera in a guest stint this weekend….‘There are and have been Latinos in classical music for a long time, but it’s such a competitive field and we’re up against 200 or 300 years of tradition, so of course it’s taken a while,’ González-Granados said. ‘But now you can see Latin Americans on huge, huge stages and … on smaller stages as well.’ ” Other conductors cited in the article include Gustavo Dudamel (LA Phil), Jessica Bejarano (San Francisco Philharmonic), and Glenn Garrido (Houston Latin American Philharmonic). Lina González-Granados is a member of the League of American Orchestras’ Board of Directors.