February 5, 1995 |
When Suzanna Guzman was growing up in El Sereno in East Los Angeles she never thought she was destined to play the world's greatest opera houses. For starters, she knew nothing about opera. If anything, she wanted to be an actress or a rock singer. Even today she comes across as a girl-next-door type--friendly, open and unpretentious--not what one might expect of a mezzo-soprano on the rise.
October 18, 1997
Bravo! L.A. Times for "A Generation of L.A. Opera Singers Comes of Age" by Jan Breslauer (Oct. 15). I am a huge fan of L.A. Opera and it's about time that the company and its artists get the exposure they deserve. L.A. Opera is truly a gem and deserves more attention than it is receiving. That is why I was pleasantly surprised when I turned to the Calendar section and saw the familiar faces of Rodney Gilfry, Suzanna Guzman, Greg Fedderly and Hector Vasquez. Opera is alive and kicking, but the general public is not aware of this.
April 11, 1999
My introduction to the world of opera was when I saw Guzman perform the role of Paula in "Florencia en el Amazonas" almost two years ago. I had headed to the opera because it was in Spanish, the composer was Mexican and I believed I could relate to it, even though the traditional world of opera was foreign to me. After the performance, I introduced myself to Guzman and found her approachable and gracious. It's great that she's making herself accessible to her community as a role model for young women, and Latinas in particular.
December 9, 1997 |
There are a lot of classical music performers nowadays who think that talking with an audience will make a concert a more user-friendly experience. That's not necessarily so. Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, who appeared at Luckman Theater at Cal State L.A. Sunday, talked almost as much as she sang, inserting jokes and reminiscences of her East L.A. childhood into her preambles, and calling the amalgam an "urban recital." But the effort was only episodically successful.
April 12, 2002
Four Latino artists will discuss their work and how it is affected by their culture at a forum Saturday at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Griffith Park. The panel will feature composer Osvaldo Golijov, mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, actor-director Tony Plana and visual artist Frank Romero. The event begins at 2 p.m. and is open to the public, although reservations are required. For reservations and information, call (213) 972-0704.
April 11, 1999
Whew, just in the nick of time! I was about to give up on your "chichi froufrou, circa Rodeo Drive" publication when, out of the blue, a real magazine revealed itself (March 7). Did you fire your entire staff and replace them with real people? This issue was authentic, even down to the house you highlighted ("Character Building," by Barbara Thornburg). The article on Suzanna Guzman ("The Accidental Opera Singer," by Mary McNamara) was uplifting, and the article on the man who changed his name to God was the best ever ("A Little Bit of Heaven in Hollywood," by R. Daniel Foster)