Since 1997, Hispanics for LA Opera (HLAO) has hosted the Plácido Domingo Awards. The awards ceremony – which honors distinguished Hispanic opera artists and others who have contributed to the success of HLAO – was held last night at the home of the LA Opera, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall. In addition to honoring this year’s winners – Rafa Sardina and Joshua Guerrero – the awards also celebrated the 25th Anniversary of HLAO.
Last night’s event began following a matinee performance of The Tales of Hoffmann. Guests made their way into the Stern Grand Hall for a sunset dinner overlooking the Music Center Plaza a special tasting of Casa Dragones Joven tequila.
As guests enjoyed their meal, they listened to remarks by ABC7 reporter Marc Cota-Robles, who spoke of HLAO’s 25 years of promoting opera within Los Angeles’s vibrant Hispanic community, and HLAO Chair Monica Gutierrez Roper, who introduced Plácido Domingo.
Mr. Domingo took to the podium to thank HLAO for 25 years of achievements, stating that “the rise of our great opera company, and of course our beloved city of Los Angeles, are the result of the creativity, vibrancy and indomitable spirit of the Hispanic culture that is the center of our homes, our neighborhoods and our traditions.”
Mr. Domingo then welcomed the two honorees to the stage and presented them with their awards, discussing how each has helped LA Opera achieve greatness.
Rafa Sardina, a Los Angeles-based music producer, mixer and engineer, is a 13-time Grammy and Latin Grammy winner. He has built an eclectic and impressive client list over the years, including Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Elvis Costello and the Roots, Lady Gaga, and Michael Jackson. A lifelong lover of music, since he first started guitar lessons in his native Spain, Sardina has been a long-time supporter of Hispanics for LA Opera.
A winner of two awards at Operalia 2014, tenor Joshua Guerrero is a distinguished alumnus of the company’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, with many LA Opera appearances including the leading roles of Count Almaviva in The Ghosts of Versailles, Greenhorn (Ishmael) in Moby-Dick, and Macduff in Macbeth. Since completing the young artist program, he has sung in opera houses around the world, including Santa Fe Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, and English National Opera.
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