Carla Dirlikov Canales

PPAI artist-in-residence

Carla Dirlikov Canales is an internationally known opera singer who has also established herself as a leader in the area of using the arts to advance important social issues. She is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Turnaround Arts Program, was selected by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of its 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 and won the Medal of Excellence from the Sphinx Organization. In each case, she was the first opera singer ever to receive the honor. As a singer she has received worldwide acclaim, and is best known for her portrayals of Bizet’s “Carmen” which she has performed over 80 times in a dozen countries. She has performed as a soloist at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and top international venues in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is also the founder, CEO, and artistic director of The Canales Project, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, created to give voice to issues of identity and culture through the arts and conversation. TCP’s inaugural concert series, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, will explore these ideas via music and interaction with artists who understand the divisions which threaten society today. Our educational programs will explore the same issues with students.