Pasión Latina

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The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center presents Pasión Latina

Celebrating music from the Spanish-speaking world with Ana María Martínez & Friends

Celebrate music of the Spanish-speaking world with a free virtual concert starring and hosted by renowned soprano and Lyric favorite Ana María Martínez.

Presented by The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Pasión Latina also features prominent Ryan Opera Center alumni—Mexican-American tenor René Barbera, Mexican-American tenor David Portillo, Mexican tenor Mario Rojas, and Mexican-American bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba—and two current 2020/21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members—Mexican soprano Denis Vélez and Puerto Rican baritone Ricardo José Rivera. Members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra will also appear in the concert finale.

These engaging artists will perform a dynamic selection of some of their favorite music from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Argentina, and Spain, with piano accompaniment by Ryan Opera Center music director Craig Terry and current Ensemble pianist Chris Reynolds.   


  • Language: Performed in Spanish and English with Spanish and English closed captions.

Program notes

Program notes (Notas del programa)

Program notes (Notas del programa)

Welcome to Pasión Latina, a virtual celebration of music from the Spanish-speaking world. This eclectic program includes music that has been personally selected by our artists, and we invite you to explore each piece and get to know the selections better through our program notes.

Bienvenidos a Pasión Latina, una celebración virtual de la música del mundo de habla hispana. Este programa ecléctico incluye música que ha sido seleccionada personalmente por nuestros artistas, y los invitamos a explorar cada pieza y conocer mejor las selecciones a través de las notas de nuestro programa.

Streaming guide

Streaming guide

For live English or Spanish translations, we recommend turning on closed captions. For more tips and tricks to improve your viewing experience, visit our streaming guide.

Meet the artists (Conozca a los artistas)

Also featuring members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra:
También miembros de la Lyric Opera Orchestra:

Robert Hanford, violin (violín)
Ian Hallas, bass (bajo)
William Denton, trumpet (trompeta)
Douglas Waddell, percussion (percusión)
Eric Millstein, percussion (percusión)


** Ryan Opera Center alumnus (Exalumno del Ryan Opera Center)
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Photo: Svetlana Pasedko