The 'Latinx Music Union' of Oberlin Conservatory celebrates Latina cultural heritage in their recent showcase in May at Tappan Square in downstown Oberlin. The musicians worked very hard and it was evident in the quality of music being presented. Latina opera singers such as Isabel Merat performed in a beautiful outdoor concert of live Latin music. The environment was very open, welcoming, and friendly to the audience and they enjoyed the event immensely.
Latina repertoire can be performed in such a wide range of settings and with limitless possibilities, as the culture is open and accessible in outdoor settings as well as smaller & more intimate venues. To get more young people interested in opera and specifically Latina repertoire, these kind of performances are essential to growing its fanbase and reaching a broader audience.
Congratulations to Oberlin Conservatory and the 'Latinx Music Union' on your great initiatives and advocacy! We look forward to more events in the future. We encourage all music conservatories to follow in your footsteps and start a Latina organization that promotes this beautiful repertoire.
You can hear an excerpt of Isabel Merat singing at the concert by following the link below.
She performed the song, 'Algun Dia' by Jaime Leon Ferro.
Here is what Isabel had to say regarding the performance,
"Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Latinx Music Union Showcase yesterday! That afternoon was super special to me since it was my first performance in front of a live audience since the pandemic. I will forever remember this day and the talented Latinx musicians and music! I had such a blast!" -Isabel Merat
Follow her on Instagram @isabel.merat and view her website at www.isabelmerat.com
You can also follow the 'Latinx Music Union' @latinxmusicunion