“Cuba Amiga” at LA Opera: No Visa Required

LA Opera’s December 12th concert, Cuba Amiga promises virtuoso performances of Latin rhythms: bolero, salsa, flamenco, timba, rumba, cha-cha, samba, and tango by Opera Star Erwin Schrott, and Guitar Legend José Feliciano.

You know how things start out one way and end up another, completely different way, but just as good, if not better? That’s what happened with “Cuba Amiga” the new concert of Uruguayan opera star, Erwin Schrott and ‘guitar god’, José Feliciano. Together, Schrott and Feliciano make magic, inspired by the music and life of legendary tango performer Carlos Gardel, recreating the musical journey Gardel began 80 years ago through Latin America. Tragically cut short when his plane crashed in Colombia before reaching the final destination of Cuba, Gardel’s concert tour was promoting his film musical El día que me quieras. Senor Schrott’s intention for the concert is as “a thank you to Maestro Gardel and to Cuba as a source of inspiration and birthplace of many unique styles of music and immortal songs.”

Prepare your ears for a delight while ‘flying’ through Latin America with a thrilling, international spectrum of music. If you are not familiar with bass-baritone Erwin Schrott, here’s the 411. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he shot to fame after winning first prize in the 1998 Operalia competition, founded by Maestro Placido Domingo to discover young talent. He has since conquered La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden and the Salzburg Festival. Everyone knows the warm and unique virtuosity of Senor José Feliciano, considered by international critics as “the greatest living guitarist.” Recipient of 45+ gold and platinum records and nine Grammys, Senor Feliciano was also awarded the “LARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

The tickets begin at $10.00, and can be purchased in person at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at 213.972.8001 or online at LAOpera.org. For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email LAOpera@LAOpera.org. The performance takes place at 7:30pm on December 12, 2015, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012).

B. Hernandez, Latin Heat

December 4, 2015

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