Cecilia Violetta López Joins ‘The Factotum’ Cast

By David Salazar

Cecilia Violetta López has joined the cast of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “The Factotum.”

She will take over for Gabriella Reyes, who was originally announced as part of the cast.

López recently appeared at the Houston Grand Opera in “La Traviata;” she will reprise the role in May with the same company. She will also perform “Rusalka” at Opera Idaho and “La Traviata” at Opera Las Vegas, among others.

“The Factotum,” which premieres on Feb. 2, 2023, is created by Will Liverman and DJ King Rico with dramaturgy by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. It is inspired by Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” and updates the action to a Black barbershop in Chicago’s South Side. Running for two hours and 20 minutes with one intermission, “The Factotum blends soul, gospel, funk, rap, hip-hop, barbershop quartet, and R & B to create a unique type of opera.

López joins a cast that stars Livermann, Martin Luther Clark, Norman Garrett, Melody Betts, Keirsten Hodgens, Symone Harcum, Lunga Eric Hallam, Terrence Chin-Loy, Adam Richardson, Kedrick Armstron, andn Ron Dukes.