Suzana Guzmán, mezzo-soprano
Suzanna is a native of East Los Angeles and one of the original Associate Artists of Los Angeles Opera. She has appeared as a principal soloist with orchestras and opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera de Genéve, and San Diego Opera to name a few. She made her professional debut with Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in the musical "Wanted: Experienced Operators" starring Carmen Zapata and returns to the States following her appearance in the lead role of the Art Banker in the successful international tour of Michael Nyman's FACING GOYA.
An advocate of Arts Education she regularly performs her one-woman show, Don't Be Afraid; It's Just Opera! across the United States and is widely recognized for her mentorship to California students. Recent acknowledgements include the 2012 Hispanic Scholarship Foundation's "Mentor of the Year Award," 2012 Spirit of California Award from the State of California's Latino Legislative Caucus, 2013 Mexican American Foundation award for Woman of the Year, and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nederlander Organization for her work in the arts and community. She serves on the USC Thornton School of Music Board of Councilors, on UCLA's Design for Sharing board, and received her honorary Ph.D. in Music from Occidental College.
Host of radio and television, Ms. Guzmán served as host for the KCET television show OPEN CALL for over 145 episodes. January 1, 2017, Dr. Guzman stepped down from her 8 year tenure as the Director of Community Engagement for the L.A. County High School for the Arts. Her signature programs, Take Part in Art and LACHSA Lunchtimes at Grand Park served over 13,000 inner-city K-12 students annually, attending their first symphony, ballet, and musical theatre concert on the LACHSA/CSULA campus through a grant from the Max H. Gluck Foundation.