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.
The 2016-2017 season started with exciting projects, like the New York Premiere of the one-woman show entitled “Bitches, Witches and Boys” with Escenia Ensamble, followed by her Hong Kong debut in the title role of Carmen, which was warmly received by audiences and reviewers. She recently performed Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico. Future engagements include the alto soloist in Bach’s Saint John’s Passion with the Minería Symphony, and a tour of “Witches, Bitches and Boys” in Mexico.
Last summer she appeared as Bloody Mary in South Pacific with the St. Petersburg Opera Company in Florida. 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 at the Marin Center in CA, in Mexico at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and in China at the Hangzhou Theater and at the Hong Kong City Hall, among other venues. 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) and Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City as well at the Ellen Eccles Theater in Utah, Bradamante (Handel’s Alcina) at the Teatro de las Artes in Mexico City, Mitrena (Vivald’s Montezuma), Jo (Little Women), Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), and Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle) 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. With the Orchestra of New Spain she has been featured as Cupido in the revival of Duron’s “Cupid’s New Weapons of Love” (Las nuevas armas de amor) , and as Orestes in the revival of Nebra’s “Iphigenia in Thrace” (Ifigenia en Tracia) 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.
Her concert performances include appearances with the main orchestras in Mexico: the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Jalisco Philharmonic, the Guanajuato Symphony, the Xalapa Symphony, the Mozart/Haydn Festival Orchestra, the Camerata de las Américas, la Serenissima (UK), I sonatori della gioiosa marca (Italy), the Shanghai Philharmonic, and the Palermo Symphony (Italy).
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. Ms. López-Speziale 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.