- Dec 10 2021
- 8:00 pm
- Open to the Public
NMPAS Recital Series I
Music of the Season
Cecilia Violetta López, soprano
Nate Salazar, piano
A complete artist bio is found at: ceciliaviolettalopez.com. Cecilia López lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Celebrated soprano, Cecilia Violetta López, has been named one of “Idaho’s Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Century” by USA Today and has been named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News. The singing actress is constantly praised for her “alluring voice and incredible range” (Washington Post).
She has received accolades for her signature role of Violetta in La traviata, which she has performed countless times throughout North America. Critic James Jorden exclaimed, “she is a Violetta fully- formed and, I think, ready for the great stages of the world.” She has now performed the role with Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Tampa, Opera Idaho, Ash Lawn Opera, The Northern Lights Music Festival, Madison Opera, Pacific Symphony and Virginia Opera. Ms. López made her European début as Norina in Don Pasquale with Zomeropera in Belgium.
From her performance as Adina in The Elixir of Love with Virginia Opera, The Virginian- Pilot hailed, “Cecilia Violetta López is showing local audiences why Opera News named her one of its ’25 Rising Stars.’ In the lead role of Adina, she hit the highest notes with ringing clarity, performed the vocal runs with precision and grace and showed a particular charm and humanity in the softest passages and lowest ranges.” In her recent performance as Marguerite in Faust with Opera Omaha, the Omaha World-Herald claimed, “… López sang Marguerite’s seduction, madness and salvation with an other worldly wisdom and artistry.”
Despite the halting effects of COVID-19 in the opera industry, Ms. López’s 2020-2021 [season] has included both virtual and live recitals with Opera Idaho, Opera Las Vegas, Austin Opera, Opera Southwest, Chatter ABQ, and Madison Opera. She made her company debut with Pacific Symphony as Violetta in their 90 minute version of La traviata and will also be the featured soprano soloist in the world premier of Mi Camino, a virtual project with Opera Cultura. Cecilia will return to Opera Colorado as a soprano soloist in Canciones de Nuestras Tierras: a live, outdoor performance.
Nathan Salazar, a native of Santa Fe, holds a Masters degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan where he studied with Martin Katz. He received his vocal and piano performance degrees from the University of Kansas, where he studied with Julia Broxholm and Jack Winerock. Nathan made his orchestral debut in 2004 with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. His musical travels have taken him to England, Scotland, Italy, Russia, and all over the United States. He performed in the International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music, where he worked with renowned mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. Nathan has been featured in performances at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City, among other premier performance venues in the United States. He received a fellowship to Songfest in Los Angeles in 2013, where he studied with pianists Margo Garrett and Graham Johnson.
Nathan Salazar has collaborated with composers Jake Heggie, John Musto, William Bolcom, Paul Schoenfield, and Libby Larsen. He recently took part in Songfest’s first commercial recording, which is now available. In January 2014, he was invited to be a part of Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday celebration through the series, “The Song Continues,” at Carnegie Hall, where he worked with Ms. Horne, Martin Katz, and the legendary Christa Ludwig. Nathan performs and coaches with Coro de Camara, New Mexico Performing Arts Society, Sangre de Cristo Chorale, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Santa Fe Opera.
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