Dozens of people from various parts of Detroit and the surrounding area gathered to listen to the Michigan Opera Theater concert called “A Christmas Night for All,” which was held at the Most Holy Redeemer church and featured soprano Cecilia Violetta López.
Monica Cervantes, one of the people who attended the concert, expressed full of emotion: “She even made me cry, opera for me is something beautiful, something indescribable.”
The Latin soprano proudly wore a Mexican folklore costume and gave a show like no other, which inspired the audience with her compelling history that has taken her from the farm fields of Idaho to the most important stages of America’s opera.
“And from those Beets fields, my mother gave us many tips to move forward, that we really had to study,” said soprano Cecilia Violetta López from the stage.
It was an experience that touched the hearts of many spectators such as María Guadalupe Gutiérrez: “Well, I think I cried with her, and identified with her. It’s part of our roots, of what our Christmas traditions are. I think we identified a lot with the singer.”
Other attendees also enjoyed the concert, as is the case of José Francisco Casas-Leon: “Well, it is a very, very fantastic experience that you should not miss. It’s a magnificent first-class opera, and what’s better than to listen to it in the voice of a Mexican from the state of Michoacán. She has a beautiful voice in Spanish and English. Something you cannot miss.
Or the case of Alicia Enamorado, who was delighted by the concert and said: “I invite people from the community to come to see the opera, to see people sing because it is very nice to come to the Church and enjoy this show.”
The artist provided a varied repertoire at the concert, and additionally, the community received gift certificates, awarded by businessman Jesse Venegas and his wife.
“Well, I thought it was beautiful. We want to invite other people to come next year, as another artist will be featured. It is a good occasion to bring children to celebrate Christmas,” said Cristina Aguilar, at the end of the show.
Ideal Group and Michigan Opera Theater have been running this event for three years to celebrate Christmas for many people in Detroit.