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La Plaza; Becoming a Diva


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La Plaza
Becoming a Diva
Program Number

LPLZ 303

Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Jossie Pérez has a chance to establish herself as an up-and-coming opera star in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Carmen on the Common. But the young and untested Puerto Rican singer faces a difficult test. The role is considered one of the most difficult in all of opera, and a few days before the performance Jossie is still struggling with the singing, dancing and acting. Seventy thousand people are on hand to watch Jossie Pérez attempt to claim her own piece of the world of opera.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Becoming a Diva,” 04/17/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9A97C1FAA50C4DA889D66FEC5AB461AA.
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