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Carla Lòpez-Speziale
Mezzo-Soprano

 


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Recognized for her “beautiful, warm voice with a secure and soft top and a powerful low register” (Basler Landschaftszeitung, Switzerland), Carla López-Speziale has enjoyed a distinguished career in opera, zarzuela and as a concert artist.

In November she will sing the Alto Solo in Mozart’s Requiem with OFUNAM in Mexico City, and in December she will make her debut  with Musica Viva Hong Kong singing the title role in Bizet's Carmen. Carla's recently performed at the National Opera Center in New York City with the one-woman show entitled "Bitches, Witches and Boys" with Escenia Ensamble. She also appeared as Bloody Mary in South Pacific with the St. Petersburg Opera Company in Florida. The 2015-2016 season has brought her to various stages singing diverse repertoire. In February and March she was acclaimed for her portrayal of Orestes in Nebra's Ifigenia en Tracia with the Orchestra of New Spain in Dallas, TX and Albuquerque, NM. Last May she was featured in Sir Coquín y la Princesa Carlinda in Mexico City.

She has appeared with the Bellas Artes Opera, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Domingo-Embil Zarzuela Company in her native Mexico, at Weill Recital Hall and the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the New York City Opera National Company, Caramoor Opera in New York, Utah Festival Opera and the Hangzhou Opera (China).

A notable Carmen, Ms. López-Speziale has performed this role in the United States, Mexico, and China.  She has also appeared as Dalila (Samson et Dalila), La zia principessa (Suor Angelica), Azucena (Il trovatore), Ulrica (Un ballo in Maschera), Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), the Old Lady (Candide), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) , Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Bradamante (Handel’s Alcina), Mitrena (Vivaldi’s Montezuma), Jo (Little Women), Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle) and Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress).  She has also sung the roles of Siegrune in Die Walküre, and the Second Norn and Flosshilde in Götterdammerung in the first Mexican production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Palacio de Bellas Artes.  With the Hellenic Foundation in NYC she sang Erda in Das Rheingold.  She has been featured as Cupido and Orestes in the revivals of Duron’s “Cupid’s New Weapons of Love” (Las nuevas armas de amor) and Nebra’s “Iphigenia in Thrace” (Ifigenia en Tracia) respectively, with the Orchestra of New Spain at the Dallas Performing Center and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Ms. López-Speziale sang the world premiere of Dazzi’s En susurros los muertos in Mexico City, as well as its European premiere in Basel at the Basel Prädiger Kirche, Mulhouse at La Filature Scène Nationale, and Strasbourg at the Église reformée du Bouclier.

Ms. López-Speziale’s concert performances include appearances with the main orchestras in Mexico: the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Jalisco Philharmonic, the Guanajuato Symphony, the Xalapa Symphony, the Mozart/Haydn Festival Orchestra, the Camerata de las Américas, as well as internationally with la Serenissima (UK), I sonatori della gioiosa marca and the Palermo Symphony (Italy), the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (Colombia), and  the Shanghai Philharmonic (China).

Some of her most remarkable performances include Mahler’s Second, Third and Eighth Symphonies, Rückert Lieder, Kindertotenlieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, De Falla’s El amor brujo, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and Dixit Dominus RV 807, and J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat and St. Matthew and St. John Passions with a host of conductors, including Enrique Diemecke, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Eduardo  Diazmuñoz, Guido Maria Guida, Niksa Bareza, Lanfranco Marcelletti, Enrique Patrón de Rueda, Marco Zambelli, Enrique Bátiz, Gerard Oskamp, Francesco Fanna, Adrian Chandler, Jean Paul Penin, and Jorge Mester.

Ms. López-Speziale has been awarded top prize awards in the Vincenzo Bellini Competition in Italy, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the New York District, and the ‘Carlo Morelli’ Competition in Mexico City.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the National Conservatory in Mexico and as a Fulbright fellow, received both Master of Music and Doctor in Musical Arts Degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.

Her discography includes the CD Soirée musicale with works by Rossini with pianist Sergio Vázquez for URTEXT digital Classics.  Ms. López-Speziale currently resides in New York City where she maintains a private teaching studio in addition to traveling to Mexico City to teach private classes.

 


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