Soprano Cecilia Violetta López, recently named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News, has been praised for her “alluring voice and incredible range,” (Washington Times) and her “voice: plush and supple, exquisitely colored.” (San José Mercury) After joining the roster of The Metropolitan Opera last season for their landmark new production of The Merry Widow, this season, Ms. López joins Opera Tampa as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Violetta in La traviata, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and makes her company debut with Opera Saratoga as Beatrice in Il Postino. In recent performances, she sang Gilda in Opera Idaho’s production of Rigoletto, Magda in La rondine with Skylark Opera, appeared in Bard SummerScape’s Song Cycle Series singing a Spanish song recital, and Violetta in La traviata in her début with Virginia Opera. Ms. López made her role début as Violetta in La traviata in the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s prestigious summer festival, Prelude to Performance. From this performance, the New York Observer exclaimed “[López delivered] a performance of the leading role of Violetta that is among the loveliest I have witnessed on any stage. Ms. López recently completed a tenure as a Resident Artist at Opera San José where she performed as Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles, Roselinda in Die Fledermaus, Leonora in Il trovatore, the title role in Suor Angelica, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Nannetta in Falstaff, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Ms. López was awarded First Prize and Audience Favorite in the 2014 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.  She was a semifinalist in the 2011 Loren Zachary Vocal Competition in Los Angeles and won the 2012 The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Utah District, advancing to the Rocky Mountain Regional Finals at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado.