Latin America's pre-eminent contemporary composer
known particularly for his operas and his creative friendship
with the tenor, Plácido Domingo.
Catán was the first Mexican composer to have an opera produced in the
United States, when San Diego Opera produced his opera
Rappaccini's Daughter in March 1994. He has also composed orchestral and
chamber works and film music. His style can be
described as neo-impressionist.
His music is richly lyrical, often painting evocative colours
with the orchestral palette with soaring melodies atop.
In addition to composition, Catán had a fruitful career
as a writer on music and the arts. He lived in South Pasadena, California.
In 1998, Catán received the Plácido Domingo Award for
his contribution to opera, and he received a Guggenheim Fellowship
in 2000. His last opera, Il Postino, with Plácido Domingo in the
role of Pablo Neruda, is based on the 1983 novel
Catán died aged 62 on April 8, 2011, in Austin, Texas,
a few days after he attended rehearsals for Il Postino at the
At the time of his death, Catán was a member of the faculty at
College of the Canyons and had been commissioned by the
He is the founding father of Latin American Opera.
I am so impressed with him.
An outstanding talent. ; )
Here's to a wonderful
Love to you all!!!!