Lina González-Granados
Colombian-born conductor Lina González-Granados joined the LA Opera family in 2022 as Resident Conductor, making her company debut with the season-opening production of Lucia di Lammermoor and subsequently conducting a concert presentation of The Rape of Lucretia, with a cast featuring singers from the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. In the 2023/24 season, her appearances with LA Opera include conducting the company premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s El último sueño de Frida y Diego and the world premiere of Joel Thompson's concert work Fire and Blue Sky, composed for tenor Russell Thomas. For the 2024/25 season, she will conduct Romeo et Juliette, Gustavo Santaollala's new score for Dracula, the company premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar and a concert with soprano Angel Blue and the LA Opera Orchestra.

In addition to her LA Opera engagements, her 2023/24 season has her leading performances across the globe, including debuts with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, I Musici de Montreal, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, New World Symphony, Euskadio Orkestra, and the San Antonio Philharmonic. She is also set to return to Chicago to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with additional performances across the U.S. and internationally to be announced.

She has distinguished herself nationally and internationally as a gifted conductor of symphonic and operatic repertoire. Her dedication to highlighting new and unknown works by Latin-American composers has earned international recognition. In 2021, she was awarded the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, the third prize and ECHO Special Award (European Concert Hall Organization) of La Maestra Competition, and the 2020 and 2021 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award. 

In 2020, she won the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition and became the new Solti Conducting Apprentice under the guidance of Riccardo Muti. She has held positions as Conducting Fellow of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Seattle Symphony.  

Lina González-Granados is an active and fervent advocate for inclusion and development of new works for chamber and large orchestra from Latin-American composers. She is the founder and artistic director of Unitas Ensemble, a chamber orchestra that performs the works of Latin-American composers and provides access to free community performances for underserved communities. 

Her engagements for the 2022/23 season include a return to the Seattle Symphony and debut appearances with the Orchestre Metropolitain, Indianapolis Symphony, Sarasota Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Philadelphia Opera, Borusan Philharmonic, Aalborg Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, as well as performances at Caramoor and Grafenegg Festivals. 

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