Happy news: Pianist raises tenor from despair to major stage

Two years ago, the international pianist Gabriela Montero took it upon herself to help a young tenor who lived in fear for his life in the state of chaos that goes by the name Venezuela.

Gabi and her husband Sam McElroy took Luis Magallanes to their home in Dublin and secured him tuition and auditions. Placido Domingo and Tara Eraught willingly lent support.

This weekend, Zurich Opera accepted Luis Magallanes into its studio, where he will work with the world’s leading artists and appear in main-stage productions.

Gabi says: ‘The success and happiness of Luis and his girlfriend, Dayana, should be a reason for pride and joy for all Venezuelans. They symbolize the best of our Venezuela and that’s why it is worth helping and loving them along this difficult path that is life.’


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  • Who caused Venezuela’s problems As usual American financial and other sanctions.
    Lift your eyes up from the keyboard occasionally see whats happening in the world.

  • Not only is she a wonderful & inventive pianist but she is also a wonderful human being. Also as borne out on SD her marvelous tribute to the recently deceased Hamish Milne.

  • I attended a Montero “piano bash” at QUB Belfast, part of the Belfast Music Society concerts. She played an odd mixture including her own improvisations, in the second part she asked the audience for some themes to doodle on. I gave her a copy of the song Mein Herr Marquis from Die Fledermaus, she thought no one knew and refused. I also suggested the Prelude to Vertigo by Bernard Hermann!

    • When she came to Spokane she asked for ideas from the audience. Someone suggested an American folk song I’d never heard, something with “Harvest Moon” in the title. She didn’t know it, but she got the person to sing it to her, then sat down and gave it her full Liszt/Rachmaninoff treatment. It was pretty impressive — as was her Schumann concerto, which earned her the encore in the first place.

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