Opera for Peace in ELLE ITALIA, February 2022 edition, with a beautiful tribute to our inspirational Afro Colombian artist Betty Garcés, nominated Forbes Creative 2020, who “has become an artist to watch, thanks to the help of an international movement that gives opportunities to young talent lacking the necessary resources.”
Betty says: “Thanks to Denyce Graves (famous African American mezzo-soprano who collaborates with OfP, ed.) I sung for her and she encouraged me. The foundation was a great support (especially) during the lockdown, providing incredible coaches, like tenor Brian Jagde and conductor Kamal Khan who working from New York helped me prepare a new repertoire on a weekly basis.”
Described as “Angels of Opera…making the world of opera richer and more inclusive is the mission of Opera for Peace (operaforpeace.org).”
Julia Lagahuzère says: ‘Personal skills and hard work should be the only measure of success, but still today it is the country where you were born and your income that makes the difference…We want to bridge this disparity, offering young artists from emerging countries opportunities that they would not otherwise have thanks to a vast network of ambassadors, singers, conductors, directors who provide time and skills”.
“In spring OfP will inaugurate its own academy in Rome… [with the support of the European Investment Bank]…where 20 young people will be able to train at the highest level…Among the upcoming engagements with OfP artists, it is worth noting the one with Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo soprano who will be Ulrica in Verdi’s Masked Ball at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in May. “