A soloist in the Grammy Winner album Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works, Cecilia has been
praised by The New York Times as “A creamy voiced mezzo-soprano.”
Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Cecilia is a versatile singer that has performed around the world
singing a variety of music styles, especially early and contemporary music.
Cecilia has been greatly recognized for creating the role of Renata in the first Mariachi Opera
Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with the famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, commissioned by
Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Cecilia has taken this opera to stages such as the Houston
Grand Opera (2013, 2018); Châtelet Theatre in Paris, France; Chicago Lyric Opera, San Diego
Opera, Arizona Opera, The Fort Worth Opera, Teatro Nacional Sucre, in Quito, Ecuador, New
York City Opera, and El Paso Opera. Since then, Cecilia has created other roles for world
premieres of chamber operas and new works, such as Jessie Lydell in A Coffin in Egypt, (HGO
and the Wallis Annenberg Center in L.A.); Gracie in A Way Home (HGO and Opera Southwest);
Harriet/First Responder in After the Storm (HGO); Alicia in Some Light Emerges (HGO); and
Alma in “Boundless,” the first episode of Houston Grand Opera’s web opera series
Star-cross’d, which received a Telly Award.
Operatic roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Loma Williams in Cold Sassy Tree, Isabella in
Rapaccini’s Daughter, Sarelda in The Inspector, Tituba in The Crucible, and Maria in Maria de
Buenos Aires, among others. Cecilia also premiered the prequel to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna,
reprising the role of Renata in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo, with Houston
Grand Opera (2019) and Arizona Opera (2021).
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