Honoring Tenor Andy Ramirez

All of us at LA Opera are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of tenor Andres (Andy) Ramirez. Andy has been a part of the LAO family since he was 11 years old, when he sang in the 2001 production of Puccini’s Tosca as a member of the LA Children’s Chorus. He participated in one of the first Opera Camps and continued his musical education at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). He was 28 years old.

Tenor Andy Ramirez

Tenor Andy Ramirez

Ramirez’s passion for opera and generous spirit touched everyone who knew him. Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, who has performed with LA Opera as a principal artist in over 40 mainstage productions, recalls her time with Ramirez.

“Andy went to school with my son at LACHSA, I watched him grow up…” Guzman stated. Many years later, she saw Andy in a production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. After the performance, they reconnected and spoke in length about the opera.

“He had a spirit and a heart of someone who recognizes how magical this art form is,” said Guzman.

Andy Ramirez and mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman

Andy Ramirez and mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman

Last season, Ramirez made his debut as a member of the LA Opera Chorus in The Pearl Fishers. Mezzo-soprano Erin Alford recalled how excited they both were to be singing in their first chorus roles with LA Opera.

“Andy was a fabulous tenor and seriously, one of the kindest individuals I’ve met.  He also taught the opera workshop at LACHSA and his students LOVED him,” Alford said.

Erin Alford, Daniel Babcock, Andy Rodriguez and Adam Faruqi in LA Opera's production of The Pearl Fishers (2017)

Choristers Erin Alford, Daniel Babcock, Andy Rodriguez and Adam Faruqi backstage during LA Opera’s production of The Pearl Fishers (2017)

Ramirez had just completed his first year leading the opera program at LACHSA. He brought his students to a dress rehearsal through LA Opera’s Opera Prep program.

“Andy was a constantly cheerful spirit,” recalls soprano and program administrator Hannah Goodman. “It was a pleasure to see him at the opera house. He had a smile and enthusiasm that was clearly contagious!”

Ramiez will be deeply missed by his LA Opera family and everyone who knew him. Information about his memorial can be found here.

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2 Responses to Honoring Tenor Andy Ramirez

  1. Aleta Braxton says:

    So awesome that Andy was our colleague as a child in LA Children’s Chorus and then as an adult with LA Opera Chorus in last season’s “The Pearl Fishers.

    Andy will be missed at L.A. County High School for the Arts, too. We subbed for each other last year. I was looking forward to teaching with him again. The out pouring of love at tonight’s Rosary/Wake was overwhelming. A standing-room-only crowd, which included people standing outside. Several faculty, students and former students were among the throng.

  2. Alma S. says:

    Andres was such an inspiration to the children at Alvarado Elementary in San Francisco in his role of Papi in ‘Xochitl and the Flowers’ with Opera Parallele. He was a fun loving bilingual role model and will will be missed by many in San Francisco. Here is a beautiful tribute video by OP: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?id=132251298468&story_fbid=10156661196213469

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