Austin Opera’s Live from Indy Terrace broadcast continues Friday, October 16 from 3:00-3:30 p.m. Central Time with the final of six episodes celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month! Make plans to join us and let’s watch together: live streams will be launched from our Facebook channel, on our YouTube page, and on our Vimeo channel.

The “BUY TICKETS” link below will take you to our Vimeo page where you can watch live. Note: this is a totally free event!

If you are not available for the live broadcast, no worries! After its initial airing, each complete recital can be accessed on-demand on our Inside Indy Terrace webpage.

Details on this week’s program:
Episode 23, National Hispanic Heritage Week Six: A beautifully reflective program from star soprano Cecilia Violetta López with pianist Nathan Salazar, this episode is filled with special songs and the memories that shine through them. The Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe, New Mexico provides a perfect backdrop for our final program celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Tune in!

More on our Special Guest Artists:
Cecilia Violetta López has been named one of Idaho’s Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Century by USA Today and one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News.  The singing actress is constantly praised for her “alluring voice and incredible range” (Washington Times).  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, Northern Lights Music Festival, Madison Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Tampa, Opera Idaho, Ash Lawn Opera, and Virginia Opera. Ms. López made her European début as Norina in Don Pasquale with Zomeropera in Belgium, for which Klassiek Centraal exclaimed, “She turns out to be the revelation of the show and wins over the audience with her funny rendition, irresistible charm, and [she is] natural in the different vocals.”

In past seasons, Ms. López has made several role débuts including her now critically-acclaimed role of Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Idaho and Opera Las Vegas, Nedda in I pagliacci with Opera Colorado, Mimì in La bohème with Opera Orlando, Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas with Florida Grand Opera, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Tampa, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with Opera Saratoga, Lucy in Fellow Travelers with Prototype Opera Festival, Beatrice Russo in Il postino with Opera Southwest and Opera Saratoga, the title role of Suor Angelica with Opera San Luis Obispo, Magda in La rondine with Skylark Opera Theatre, Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Idaho, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Tampa and Opera Las Vegas. In addition to these débuts, 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. 

Solo concert performances include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and selections from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. Additionally, Ms. López has performed as a soloist at an Idaho Museum of Natural History gala, various Christmas concerts with Madison Symphony, and as a featured soloist in concerts with the Boise Philharmonic, Austin Opera, and the Bard SummerScape Music Festival.

Ms. López also completed a two-year-tenure as a Soprano Resident Artist at Opera San José where she performed Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles, Rosalinde 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, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Additionally, Ms. López is an alum of the Caramoor Music Festival where she covered the role of Hélène in Les vêpres siciliennes. She is also an alum of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival where she sang the title role in their production of L’incoronazione di Poppea. Her début of the role of Violetta in La traviata, was with Martina Arroyo Foundation’s prestigious summer festival, Prelude to Performance.

Ms. López is the recipient of an Idaho State Concurrent Resolution honoring her life as an Idahoan and her work in the world of opera. “We should be so very proud of Cecilia Violetta López. She exemplifies all that is what America is about: apply yourself, work hard, dream big, and you can achieve those dreams. She tells every Idaho girl and boy that they, too, can succeed … no matter where they came from, no matter how small they may start out, no matter how long their journey may appear to be. Idaho should be so very proud of this young lady and should hold her up as an example of what all Idaho children might achieve.” –Opera Idaho Board Member, Yvonne McCoy for Senator Buckner-Webb.


Pianist Nathan Salazar holds a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Martin Katz, and received his vocal and piano performance degrees from the University of Kansas. Salazar has performed in England, Scotland, Italy, Russia, as well as all over the United States. He performed in the International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music with mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza and has been featured at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Symphony Hall in Boston, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has worked with composers Jake Heggie, John Musto, William Bolcom, Poul Ruders, Libby Larsen, with pianists John Wustman, Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, and with such singers as Marilyn Horne, Susan Graham, Wolfgang Brendel, Neil Schicoff, Christa Ludwig, Joyce Castle, and Jennifer Johnson Cano. He was invited by Marilyn Horne to perform at Carnegie Hall for The Song Continues. He has performed and coached with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Santa Fe Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Boston Symphony.  He serves on the voice faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and enjoys a full career as a tenor and pianist.

This week’s episode has been generously underwritten by Gail and Jeff Kodosky.

Friday, October 16th @ 3:00 PM

Buy Tickets