Cecilia Violetta Lopez


La traviata
May 13 & 15, 2016


Cecilia Violetta LopezSoprano, Cecilia Violetta López has been named one of opera's "25 Rising Stars" by Opera News.  Her recent New York City debut in La Traviata was declared by the New York Observer as "a performance of the leading role of Violetta that is among the loveliest I have witnessed on any stage".  During the 2014-2015 season, she joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its production of The Merry Widow, brought her Violetta to Virginia Opera, joined the Bard Summerscape Festival for  a role debut in De Falla's El Retablo de Maese Pedro and a Spanish Art Song recital which the New York Times praised as "beautifully sung", and debuted two new roles: Magda (La Rondine) with Skylark Opera, and Gilda (Rigoletto) with Opera Idaho.  Upcoming engagements during the 2015-2016 season include a return to Opera Idaho for Violetta, and a company and role debut with Opera Tampa in three roles: Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and Violetta (La Traviata).

From 2012-2014, Ms. López was Principal Soprano at Opera San Jose, where she was seen as Leonora (Il Trovatore), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Leïla (The Pearl Fishers), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Nanetta (Falstaff), and as the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Suor Angelica. Following this, in the summer of 2014, she was an International Quarterfinalist in the final rounds of Placido Domingo's Operalia Competition.  Ms. López also won 1st place and the Audience Favorite Award in the 2014 Irene Dalis Competition, and won the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Utah District advancing her to the MONC Rocky Mountain Region.  Ms. López is also a grant recipient of the Olga Forrai Foundation.

Other recent engagements for Ms. López include Violetta (La Traviata) in Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance,  covering Hélène (Les vêpres siciliennes) for Caramoor Music Festival, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Opera Las Vegas, her professional debut as Suor Angelica with Opera San Luis Obispo, and the title role in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival.

Prior to receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2011, Cecilia was seen there as Pamina (The Magic Flute), Micaëla (Carmen), Gasparina (La Canterina) and Nella inGianni Schicchi.

Her concert engagements include Mahler's Symphony 4 and selections from Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, Rutter's Mass of the Children with the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society, Bach’s Magnificat with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninov’s Vocalise and Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the UNLV Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. López, a Mexican-American native of Rupert, Idaho, got her musical start at a young age singing mariachi music that she learned from her mother.