Critics have described her as "dazzling," "sumptuous," "an alchemist of song," and "ready for the great stages of the world." In 2015, Opera News named her one of the '25 Rising Opera Stars' in the world.
On this edition of Dialogue, host Marcia Franklin talks with Cecilia Violetta López, a soprano originally from Rupert, Idaho, about her life and her love of opera.
Viewers will also hear López sing parts of arias recorded at an Opera Idaho dress rehearsal of La Traviata in January, 2016, as well as selections from songs performed by López at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise that same month.
López, who helped her mother hoe beets in the fields of south central Idaho, grew up singing mariachi music. She never knew anything about opera until she attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she was studying music education after having worked as an orthopedic technician.
A chance opportunity to sing in an opera led to her love of the medium, and her talent was soon recognized. Opera San Jose hired López right out of college to be its Principal Soprano, and she was also chosen for the prestigious Martina Arroyo 'Prelude to Performance' program in New York City. She also won 1st Place and the 'Audience Favorite Award' at the 2014 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.
Roles in regional operas such as Opera Idaho, Opera Tampa and Virginia Opera followed, along with López being selected to cover a role at the Metropolitan Opera in the summer of 2015. She will make her Carnegie Hall debut in June, 2016.
López talks with Franklin about what draws her to opera, what it's like to sing at her level, the role her family and teachers have played in her life, and where she envisions her career going.
The program, as well as an Extra of additional songs sung by López, are available for streaming.