López, Ilca

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, mezzo soprano and teacher Ilca López has not only made a name for herself in opera circles but brought international notice to the wealth of vocal talent in her native land.

López received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico and then went on to graduate with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1981 and promptly joined the cast of the famous Argentinean company, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. She remained there for the next five years followed by a successful span of almost ten years based in Germany, as a solo performer appearing with opera companies in Austria, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

She was best known for her portrayal of Carmen in Bizet’s opera of the same name, Rosina in Rossini’s “Il Barbieri di Siviglia”, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, and others. In addition to leading roles in the classic operas, López also ventured into modern operas and art songs by leading contemporary composers such as Berg, Honneger, Janacek, Schomberg and others.

Returning to her native San Juan in 1994, López continued her career as solo performer in various operas, chamber works and art song recitals, as well as appearances with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.

But performing was only a part of the artist’s contributions. López also joined the faculty of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where she also met with great success teaching others. Besides classes at the Conservatory, she has given master classes in the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico and directs the Music Division of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño where she organizes concerts, recitals and other events that showcase the best classical music talent on the island. She was included in the 2000 edition of Who’s Who Among American Teachers in recognition of her teaching abilities .

López’ recordings include an album of art songs released in 1996. The album, entitled Ilca López: Canción de Arte Para Niños y Adultos Con Corazón de Niño included 33 songs, including the well-known and lovely Villancico Yaucano composed by Amaury Veray. Most recently, she appears as the lead soloist in “Requiem Mass” composed by Raymond Torres Santos.