Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month
In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month we want to highlight the incredible artistry of the Latinx singers, conductors, and directors in our community. This year, we’re focusing on the artists featured in our 2021–2022 Season kickoff, Ópera Afuera! This program celebrates the music of the Spanish–speaking world through song, opera, and instrumental music. All month, we’ll be highlighting the Latinx artists who are working both on and off stage to present this one-of-a-kind concert filled with music from and inspired by Latin American culture. Learn more about the Ópera Afuera Cast and Creative Team, how their Latinx identities have impacted their opera careers, and what they would like to see change in the opera industry with regard to Latinx representation.
Thank you for your support of MN Opera and Opera’s Latinx community!
David Radamés Toro
David Radamés Toro is an acclaimed stage director, physical stage clinician and acting coach of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage. Most recently, he served as stage director for our sold-out Opera in the Outfield event.
Cuban-American tenor Andres Acosta is one of the rising young stars of the opera world, and during his year as a Minnesota Opera Resident Artist wowed audiences in productions of The Marriage of Figaro and Dead Man Walking. Since his time in Minnesota, Mr. Acosta has made a name for himself singing in prestigious houses like Houston Grand Opera and Atlanta Opera.
Houston native Vanessa Alonzo has performed with the greatest mariachi musicians in the world including Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi Los Camperos, and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan. She was awarded Grand Champion Vocalist Award in the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza national vocal competition.
Peruvian & Mexican American Soprano Vanessa Becerra has been praised for her “bold and bright” singing (Opera News) and lauded for her “charismatic and eloquent” presence (San Francisco Chronicle).