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 and praised for having “a gorgeous presence, a warm, agile and powerful voice, refinement and posture of a great singer.” Brazilian/Cuban Soprano Angelica de la Riva returned to stages after a whole year to honor the fallen for the Covid 19 in Spain. Her debut at the National Auditorium of Madrid singing the Mozart Requiem led by maestro Pascual Osa was an emotional concert to a sold-out audience. A few weeks before, Mrs. De la Riva sung to unveil the biggest painting in the world, recognised by the Guinness book of records in Dubai. Painted by British artist Sasha Jafri it was sold in a charity auction with Global Gift Foundation, UNICEF, UNESCO and the U.A.E.’s Ministry of Education for U$62 million dollars.
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, as well as her Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 interpreting Brazilian Classical composers where she performs regularly. Ms de la Riva has had her debut in China singing with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mo. Van de Velde - Melodie Dialogue production to great aclaim. Recent highlights of Ms. de la Riva’s performances include the premiere of Five Poems by Vinicius de Moraes and Ripper with Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, 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 David Geffen Hall; 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; Disney theatrical production of Beauty and the Beast in São Paulo, Brazil.
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.