Winner of the Carlos Gomes Cultural Merit Award for the highest honorable distinction and personal merits for her work and activities for the Brazilian Classical Music around the world including her recent performance at Teatro Real singing Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 by Heitor Villa Lobos.
Praised for having “a gorgeous presence, a warm, agile and powerful voice, refinement and posture of a great singer” Brazilian/Cuban Soprano has recorded and performed the leading role in Horas Vacías, an Opera by Spanish composer Ricardo Llorca at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, conducted by E. Plasson, the same production in Teatro São Pedro with Mo. Soriano, as well as her Carnegie Hall Debut in 2010 interpreting Brazilian Classical composers where she performs regularly. In 2011, Ms de la Riva had her debut in China singing with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mo. Van de Velde - Melodie Dialogue production. Highlights of Ms. de la Riva’s performances include Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algieri with the Prague Symphony Orchestra under Mo. R. Boudharam in Paris as well as the same production with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on her Lincoln Center debut, becoming the first Brazilian Soprano to perform at Avery Fisher Hall; Passion in Venice at the Museum of Biblical Art. Also in NY, Ms. de la Riva premiered the lead role of Filomena in The Rise and Fall of the First World, Chamber Opera by Michael Kowalski; Poppea in L’Incoronazione di Poppea; The Countess in Marriage of Figaro; LaChatte/L’Ecureuil in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Desirée in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts conducted by Mo. Barret; Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera; off Broadway Titania in Fools in Love Midsummer Night’s Dream; Ceres in The Tempest - The Tempest Fools with Manhattan Theater Group; Brahm’s Liebes Lieder and Neues Liebes Lieder. Disney theatrical production of Beauty and the Beast in São Paulo, Brazil.
Upcoming engagements include concerts at MeT Festival in Brazil, Women in Music at Lincoln Center, concerts homage to the 60th death anniversary of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos in different venues in the U.S., Europe and South America, Rio International Cello Encounter and Opera Underground. Angelica de la Riva, a former Brazilian rowing champion recently sang at the Opening Ceremony for the IOC Summer Olympic Games 2016 and at the Olympic Awards both in Brazil. In 2014 she was recruited by the Brazilian National rowing coach, her former coach, to return to her team and train for a spot at the Rio 2016.