Cecilia Violetta López appears as Nannetta (Falstaff), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) during the 2013-14 season. Ms. Lopez made her debut as a member of OSJ’s resident ensemble last season appearing as Leila (The Pearl Fishers), Roselinda (Die Fledermaus), Leonora (Il trovatore), Sister Angelica (Suor Angelica), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi). Recent engagements for Ms. López include the title role in Suor Angelica for Opera San Luis Obispo, Micaëla (Carmen) and Gasparina (La Canterina) for UNLV Opera Theatre and Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.
On the concert stage, Ms. López was a featured soprano soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and appeared with UNLV’s Chamber Orchestra performing Rachmaninov’s Vocalise. She is an alumna of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria where she worked in Master Classes with Gabriele Lechner and Patricia Craig.
Ms. López’s awards and achievements include first and second place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, second place in the Dean Allen Vocal Competition, semi-finalist in the 2011 Loren Zachary Competition and a winner in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Utah District.
Born and raised in Rupert, Idaho to Mexican parents, Ms. López discovered her passion for music as a young child when she was first introduced to mariachi music by her mother, occasionally performing with live mariachi bands in Idaho and Mexico.
*Profs. John Heineke and Catherine Montfort Fellow