Luis de la Vega dreamed of singing when he was a child, but his parents encouraged him to find stable work. He studied electrical engineering and his welding job provided a comfortable life for his family. But when he could not longer sustain them, he emigrated illegally to America. The Guatemala immigrant is pursuing opera at the Community Music Center in the Mission District.
Clarification: In the video de la Vega mentions that his application to become an understudy was rejected at an American institution because of his immigration status. This institution was not the Community Music Center, which welcomes all students to study music.