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Alondra de la Parra

Monday, May 10, 2010

Raised in Mexico City, Alondra de la Parra came to New York in her early 20s to study piano at the Manhattan School of Music, but she caught the conducting bug.

Today, she runs her own orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and leads a busy guest conducting career. The 29-year-old maestra joins us to discuss her latest project involving neglected Mexican composers from the past 200 years – and about making her way in a famously male-dominated profession.

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Maestra ALONDRA DE LA PARRA, congratulations on your new post.
Guadalajara has a magnificent opera house. They should extend to you the option of conducting opera as well as ypur other interests. Sarah Caldwell and Eve Queler, both famous and venturesome as female conductors in opera should encourage you to venture forth. The achievements possible are well worth the striving. Composers like Wagner and Beethoven who also conducted their works spent one third of their lives eeeking funding for their opera or symphony performances. If you conjecture that "everything will come up roses," you will find in the real world, your success will come if you earnestly persist. All the best !!!
I am a Wagnerian heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles and voice production and dramaturgy techniques.
Websites:,, and where one may download, free, 37 complete "Live from Carnegie Hall" selections that I have sung in four concerts, three of them three hours-long solo concerts and one concert, a Joint Recital with the dramatic soprano Norma Jean Erdmann, in the main hall of Carnegie Hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, by opening up, downloading from the "Recorded Selections" venue on the home page. My next concert in New York will be on Saturday, June 9th at the YOGA EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel . The title of the concert is 'BRING HIM HOME, with that song from the musical LES MISERABLES, encouraging the return of our armed forces and inspiring hope and love of country with This Land is Your Land, The House I Live In, Climb Every Mountain, You'll Never Walk Alone, The Impossible Dream, Granada, Wien, Wien, nur du allein, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, Billy Bigelow's Soililoquy in Carousel and 18 other selections.

Apr. 24 2012 11:46 AM
William from Manhattan

Terrific segment - I'm learning a lot!

May. 10 2010 02:56 PM

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