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Feliz Navidad! A Latin Playlist In Honor Of Cuba Amiga

Erwin Schrott and Jose Feliciano; Photo: Thommy Mardo

This Saturday, Erwin Schrott takes over LA Opera for Cuba Amiga, his concert with special guest, José Feliciano, singing his classic, “Feliz Navidad.”

Taking the audience on a musical journey through Latin America, Cuba Amiga delivers a thrilling international spectrum of Latin rhythms: bolero, salsa, flamenco, timba, rumba, cha-cha, samba and tango. Cuba Amiga was inspired by the music and life of legendary tango performer Carlos Gardel. Eighty years ago, Gardel launched a concert tour throughout Latin America to promote his film musical El día que me quieras. Gardel’s plan was to conclude the tour with the movie’s premiere in Cuba, but his dream was defeated when the beloved performer was tragically killed in a plane crash in Colombia. Saturday’s concert metaphorically follows Gardel’s trip through South America. Schrott views the concert 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.”

To celebrate Saturday’s concert, we’ve collected an array of Latin classics into our Latin Fever Spotify Playlist below as well as a glimpse of Erwin Schrott singing, “Oblivion” from his album, Rojotango (above). Take a listen to the lively and passionate music before seeing the show.

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