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Cecilia Violetta López was named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News. She is making her HGO debut in her signature role of Violetta. During the 2021-22 season she appeared as Hanna Glawari in Opera Idaho’s production of The Merry Widow and as a soprano soloist in the company’s “Opera in the Park” concert. She was the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic and returned to Zomeropera in Belgium to sing Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly. She also returned to Opera Orlando as Violetta and to Virginia Opera, where she debuted the role of Beatrice in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers. 2022-23 engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Pacific Symphony, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Utah Symphony, and Celebrando a México and the title role in Rusalka with Opera Idaho. López made her European début as Norina in Don Pasquale with Zomeropera in Belgium. She has made role debuts as Adina in The Elixir of Love with Opera Idaho, Virginia Opera, and Opera Las Vegas; the title role in Massenet’s Manon with Opera Idaho; Nedda in I pagliacci with Opera Colorado; Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello with LoftOpera; and many other roles in houses across the country. She reprised the role of Micaëla in Carmen with Madison Opera and joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in their 2015 production of The Merry Widow. In January 2021, she was named Opera Idaho’s first Artistic Advisor.

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