Praised for her “rich, heartfelt orchestral sound” (Chicago Sun-Times), “rhythmic vitality” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “raw power” (LA Times), Colombian-American Lina Gonzalez-Granados has distinguished herself nationally and internationally as a singularly-talented young conductor. Her powerful interpretations of the symphonic and operatic repertoire, as well as her dedication to highlighting new and unknown works by Latin-American composers, have earned her international recognition, most recently as the recipient of the 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, the Third Prize and ECHO Special Award (European Concert Hall Organization) of La Maestra Competition, as well as the 2020 and 2021 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award.CompLETE BIOGRAPHY
Dedicated to nurturing young talent, Lina González-Granados conducted the 2022 Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra in rehearsals, preparing high school students from around the country to perform on stage at Symphony Center with CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti.
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo came to California for the first time in 1930. They arrived in San Francisco, where Rivera was commissioned to paint the epic mural Allegory of California, and stayed for 18 months. Kahlo, who had started painting only a few years earlier, participated in her first show during that trip. Almost 100 years later, the famous couple has returned to California- this time as characters in a new opera.
[González-Granados] gave Frank's score even more shape and shimmer than it had at its premiere.
Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera meet again in the infraworld fantasy of “El último sueño de Frida y Diego” at L.A. Opera. Composed by Latin Grammy winner Gabriela Lena Frank, with the libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, “El último sueño de Frida y Diego” reimagines the final moments between the turbulent pair across different planes.
“It’s so important to tell the stories of Latinos on a main stage. ... There is richness and vastness in our stories,” said Lina González-Granados, L.A. Opera’s resident conductor. “Even if opera has been a Eurocentric experiment that has come to our countries, we have made it ours. Opera is ours.”