HOMENAJE: A Tribute to Eva de la O

“We, as a Puerto Rican people, we want to move up,” states internationally-lauded soprano, Eva de la O.

Eva spreads her arms and looks around her. 

“Why should we be limited to a thimbleful of space when we have all this?” 

Eva de la O has made a life of reaching out and finding space for herself. As a featured artist, she has won praise for her work with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the Santiago de Compostela Music Festival and the Quincentennial Festival. She has received numerous awards including those from the National Endowment for the Arts, Borimix/SEA, and Comité Noviembre. She is a proud graduate of Julliard and can claim several Broadway credits, too. And, to this day, she still teaches the art of “bel canto” from her Fifth Avenue studio.

Perhaps, though, her greatest achievement, apart from being a proud and loving mother, has been as the founder and director of Música de Cámara. Eva created and developed this series of concerts and lectures to present Puerto Rican and other Hispanic/Latino classical musicians—instrumentalists, singers and composers—to the world to demonstrate just how talented and creative we, as a people, are.

Since its inception, Música de Cámara has presented several hundred classical concerts at venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Música de Cámara has also traveled to learning institutions, community centers and churches bringing classical music to those who have little or no access to traditional concert venues. Eva has also presented one-week lecture demonstrations in aural analysis, instrumentation, repertoire and music history in many NYC public schools.

“Never give up,” Eva de la O preaches. “Always look for a way to improve yourself.”

For her tireless work supporting classical music and its musicians of all backgrounds, and for her steadfast belief and love of Puerto Rican culture, we pay homage to Eva de la O.

© Ricardo Muñiz. Published by permission in Centro Voices on 2 October 2015.

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