With drive and talent, singer bridges worlds – from farm fields to opera stage

Opera singer Cecilia Violetta Lopez, originally of Rupert, Idaho. (Submitted photo)

ONTARIO – Cecilia Violetta Lopez comes from a musical family.

She can remember her grandmother in Mexico bursting out in song when summoned by a customer in her shop: “Ya vooooy” – “I’m cooooming!” 

Her father would sing her mother all manner of silly improvised songs when returning from a day of work in the Idaho fields. 

And then there was her mother, who taught Lopez and her brother old classics while they played in the irrigation ditches and later when working sugar beets.

By the time Lopez was a teenager, it was clear she had a gift. Wherever she went, people began to expect her to sing. 

At events like weddings, quinceañeras, and rodeos, Lopez’s . . .