What people are saying about Patricia...
"She is something of an ambassador for Latin-American songs, regularly presenting this repertoire in recitals and concert-lectures around the world… she has amassed a collection of scores for some 2,500 songs from eighteen countries, a number that amazes even those of us who have studied Latin-American art songs for some time.“
Dr. Jonathan Kulp – Latin American Music Review / Dec 2006
“Your work is filling a whole that existed in the vocal music of Latin America, congratulations!”
Nico Castel, Metropolitan Opera Diction Coach
“Already adored by the cognoscenti, Soprano Patricia Caicedo has begun an unstoppable career that has taken her to the most prestigious halls in Spain with her beautiful Latin American art songs.”
Celia Motis, National Radio of Spain (RNE)
“These lovely pieces are wistful and sorrowful and when Ms. Caicedo sings "Prestame tu Pañuelito," (“Let me borrow your little handkerchief so that I may dry my eyes...”), she sings these notes with the sombreness of a heartbroken lover who has lost everything.” William Gregory, Midwest Ursine
"Reflecting her deep emotional connection to the music, she interprets the repertory with extraordinary sensitivity and sweetness. She is an extraordinary voice bringing this important repertoire to new audiences…" La Vanguardia, Barcelona, Spain Nov. 2001
“And now, thanks to Patricia, a part of that culture has been saved. Because of her unrelenting determination, Art Song continues to thrive. Patricia Caicedo, her dream finally beginning to take shape, has single-handedly revived an entire style of music, rescuing it from extinction and ensuring its future study and performance.” Robert Yaniz Jr. USF Journal
“Colombian soprano and musicologist Patricia Caicedo has done both her own region and the rest of the world a great favor in researching, compiling, writing commentary for, and editing forty-eight songs by twenty-one composers representing ten countries”. Judit Carman - Journal of Singing. Nov/Dec 2006
“Your abilities as a teacher and coach put even our most inexperienced students at ease empowering them to perform at a higher level". Dianna Heldman, Director, Program in Vocal Performance, New York University
“Caicedo, a native of Colombia, has spent much of her life promoting Latin American Art Song. She has spearheaded a massive effort to recover these works, and thus far in her efforts, she has successfully located over 2,500 Art Songs from throughout Latin America. Currently, Caicedo is developing a network of living composers.” Robert Yaniz Jr., USF Journal
“Through the publication of a reference book on the subject, the creation of CDs which feature performances of Art Songs, the organization of an entire festival devoted to the field, and countless lectures and concerts, Caicedo tirelessly works to ensure that Latin American Art Song receives the attention it deserves.” Jennifer Lenhart, Director of Marketing and Communications USF
Colombian soprano and musicologist Patricia Caicedo has done both her own region and the rest of the world a great favor...
Judit Carman - Journal of Singing. November/December 2006 (16 Volume 63, No. 2, pp. 231 -237 Copyright 2006 National Association of Teachers of Singing
"Since our neighbors to the south appear to be getting a lot of bad press these days in conjunction with our own immigration policy problems and other political disagreements, it is a happy thing to have in hand a brand new critical anthology of Latin American art Song lo explore the artistic soul of America's southern hemisphere. Colombian soprano and musicologist Patricia Caicedo has done both her own region and the rest of the world a great favor in researching, compiling, writing commentary for, and editing forty-eight songs by twenty-one composers representing ten countries—Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Although the forty-eight songs in this volume barely scratch the surface of a huge output of Latin American art song that began In the early years of the twentieth century, it is an auspicious beginning to what one hopes will be a steady stream of publications in the years to come.
It is good to have this first anthology of Latin American art song published in the twenty-first century be a critical edition, since we know so little about its history, formative influences, poetry, composers, and performers. The ninety-eight pages of front material acquaint us with much information about these topics as well as give notes on the pronunciation of South American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, on interpretation, side by side English translations and the Spanish or Portuguese original poems, and phonetic transcriptions of each song text. All of this information will be enormously helpful to singers and teachers who wish to explore this rich array of beautiful songs...". Complete review here
Su trabajo viene a llenar el vacio existente en informacion sobre musica artistica de nuestra latinoamerica
Nico Castel - Metropolitan Opera Diction Coach
La felicito por este enormemente esmerado trabajo, el cual viene a llenar el vacio existente en informacion sobre musica artistica de nuestra Latinoamerica. Con sincero agradecimiento, y felicitaciones,
Your abilities as a teacher and coach put even our most inexperienced students at ease empowering them to perform at a higher level.
Dianna Heldman - Associated Director, Program in Vocal Performance The Steinhardt School, New York University
It was such a pleasure to have you present and work with our classical voice majors here at NYU. Your knowledge of and passion for the field was the topic of conversation this morning as I met with a group of students to select songs from your book. Likewise, your abilities as a teacher and coach put even our most inexperienced students at ease empowering them to perform at a higher level.
You brought to life this extraordinary body of literature that, thanks to scholars and performers such as yourself, is gaining due respect in our communities. I was unaware of the rich history, variety of language and style and influences that resulted in such songs. As I work a lot with college freshman, I usually start them in the foreign language they studied in high school or perhaps spoke in the home. More often than not, this language is Spanish and sometimes Portuguese. Having your book and recordings in my library allows for so many more choices and resources when considering the varying abilities and personalities of my students.
Patricia Caicedo: Champion of Art Song!
Robert Yaniz Jr. USF Journal, June, 2006
"Presumably, everyone possesses a passion, some ultimate aspiration that drives them to press on and ultimately defines their professional lives. Most people spend their entire lives searching for this dream, and sadly, many never truly identify it. However, although some people succeed in discovering their passion, few have pursued their goals as actively and tenaciously as Patricia Caicedo, who has devoted her life to Latin American Art Song...."
Caicedo tirelessly works to ensure that Latin American Art Song receives the attention it deserves
Jennifer Lenhart, Director of Marketing and Communications USF June, 2006
“Through the publication of a reference book on the subject, the creation of CDs which feature performances of Art Songs, the organization of an entire festival devoted to the field, and countless lectures and concerts, Caicedo tirelessly works to ensure that Latin American Art Song receives the attention it deserves.”
Patricia Caicedo is one of those few humble geniuses that resurrect one's faith
Jeffrey Beringer – Music Fan
Patricia Caicedo is one of those few humble geniuses that resurrect one's faith in people and art by the mere purity of their love for what they do. Patricia is an unbelievably talented soprano singer who has resurrected a little known style of Latin American music, the nineteenth century 'Lied' or 'Art Song' and brought to it to new acclaim. The stunning mixture of melody, poetry and piano in her collection left me breathless the first time I encountered it, and I was shocked that when I sent her a fan e-letter, she responded to me personally! The only thing more impressive than her passion for her work is her graciousness and sincerity. The music in her collection will bring you back to the time when quality and talent were more important than image and marketing campaigns. This music is a true treat, especially for those with an ear for nuance and fine detail.
Música de Iberoamérica en el Pi
Jorge de Persia - 30/01/2005 - La Vanguardia
Abrió el programa el Madrigal de Xavier Montsalvatge sobre El cant des ocells con la participación de la soprano Patricia Caicedo que cantó con seguridad y buen estilo.
The fabulous Latin American repertoire that you so effectively champion.
Dr. Craig Russell, Musicologist, Composer, Guitarist and professor at CALPOLY
It sounds like you remain very active and are successful in furthering the fabulous Latin American repertoire that you so effectively champion.
She was very effective as a clinician.
Dr. Warren Jaworski - Professor of Voice at University of South Florida
Last year I was able to bring Dr Caicedo to USF to do a workshop with the voice students of USF on some of these art songs. She was very effective as a clinician in helping students understand the style of the songs from the different countries but also was an expert in assisting the the various dialects as well. She has a very pleasing personality that all felt very comfortable working with during the four days she was on campus. She concluded her work with a recital of some of her research collection. Since this time she has been very active in Spain, South America and Mexico lecturing and performing these works that she has researched. In January of 2005 she will publish a book of 50 songs that she has put together with English translations.
Luis Alfonso Bes - Music Critic from El Heraldo de Aragón, 17 de Octubre del 2004
"La soprano colombiana Patricia Caicedo, que cuenta entre sus maestros a Alfredo Kraus, dio ayer un recital de canción del arte latinoamericana en la Sala Luís Galve del Auditorio bien acompañada al piano por Eugenia Gassull. Este atractivo recital “A mi ciudad nativa” cargado de delicadeza y sentimiento, es un eslabón a añadir a la variada cadena que esta siendo la programación del pilar de este año.
…La soprano puso alma y corazón en los cantos de su tierra, ….la soprano mostró una voz muy adecuada para este tipo de música capaz de transmitir mucho sentimiento sin necesidad de grandes veleidades vocales. ...….con su voz dulce y delicada, Patricia Caicedo hizo pasar un rato muy agradable al publico que le aplaudió largamente consiguiendo la interpretación fuera de programa de la canción 'Pájaro Azul'".
Experta en música latinoamericana
Sophia Rodríguez Pouget -Music Critic - EL TIEMPO - Colombia Octubre 21 de 2004
Nacida en Ibagué, es médica, soprano experta en música latinoamericana y una de las voces colombianas más destacadas en el exterior. Ganadora en 1998 del premio a la mejor solista clásica en el concurso de Sony Music, ha obtenido múltiples premios y ha sido aclamada en España, Dinamarca, Italia, Canadá, E.U. y Latinoamérica. Radicada en Barcelona, es solista, profesora de técnica vocal y conferencista experta en historia e interpretación de música latinoamericana. Su disco Lied: canciones del arte de América latina es considerado por la crítica como uno de los mejores en su género y pronto publicará en España un libro de su autoría. Read the entire article
Patricia Caicedo is one of those few humble geniuses that resurrect one's faith
Jeffrey Beringer – music fan
Querida Patricia.... Tu disco me encanto por completo! Lo escucho cuando trabajo.....me relaja e inspira. Lo estoy incluyendo en mi pagina de Internet, en mi lista de "música favorita del 2004" ....lo encontrarás casi al final de la pagina. http://www.jeffreyberinger.com/mindfood/favorites.html Gracias por inspirarme y por cantar tan bonito.
Wonderful CD and the nicest person!
Amy Darden - Singer
This CD is a classic. Patricia has a clear pure voice, which sounds wonderful on all of these songs. She puts so much emotion into the songs. She visited the University of South Florida, where I had a changed to meet her. She is the sweetest person. She sang many of these songs for her recital. I highly recommend this CD. Her voice is not like most classical singers. Her vibrato doesn't control her voice, and it shines. Get it! If she ever comes to your town, do yourself a favor and go see her. She's worth it!
I can't wait for her next release!
Paxton Helms – music fan
I am a long-time classical music fan who had just a passing acquaintance with the Latin American art songs before I purchased this CD. Suffice it to say that I was enchanted by both the song selection and Patricia Caicedo's rich and supple voice. I can't wait for her next release! Although the Latin American art song genre tends to treat fatalistic and nostalgic themes (Brazilians might call it "saudade") there are enough vivacious melodies like "Bonita Rama de Sauce" to keep things from bogging down. The total effect is balanced and fun. Of course, the song selection would not get very far at all without the incredible voice of Patricia Caicedo. Taking advantage of her marvelous range and expressiveness, she simply doesn't miss as she captures the emotional essence of every song. I was transported and wish there were more CDs to recommend this CD with!
Art Songs of Latin America a beatiful "new" repertoire!
William Gregory - The Midwest Ursine
Lied is such a funny little art form, it's delicate, quiet, and poetic, it's definitely an acquired taste and most importantly, it's harder than shit to sing. With that said, lied, or art songs, is one of my favorite genres in classical music. With its origins stemming from Germany in the 1800's, lieder became the perfect marriage between poetry and music. But the art song idiom hardly rested in the vaults of our cousins across that great big pond. Latin American lied has always taken back seat to the jolting percussion and rhythms of Caribbean sounds, bandoneons and mariachi bands, but quietly in the corner sat the Latin American art song, waiting to be re-discovered. This is not an artist's first foray into this territory, Victoria De Los Angeles, Teresa Berganza and Alfredo Krauss have paved the way long before Ms. Caicedo came along. Ms. Caicedo makes them proud through this recording that reveals nuance and appreciation for an undervalued art form that deserves more recognition than it gets. The CD opens with "Cuatro Canciones Coloniales" (Four Colonial songs), a beautiful set of songs set by Carlos Guastavino that reminds me of Reynaldo Hahn and the French school of lieder. These lovely pieces are wistful and sorrowful and when Ms. Caicedo sings "Prestame tu panuelito", (Let me borrow you little handkerchief so that I may dry my eyes...), she sings these notes with the somberness of a heart broken lover that has lost everything. These four songs are my favorites on this recording. "Chacacera" is a fanciful, frenzied tour de force that ends all too soon, showing off Ms. Caicedo's versatility. The evergreen "Estrellita", by Manuel Ponce, is included in this recording and I must say that its familiarity does not take away from the fine job performed by Ms. Caicedo. Mr. Pau Casan adds his touch of refinement and truly great accompaniment on the piano. This recording is a fine addition to any person that considers themselves a true connoisseur of lieder. Highly recommended. Available through www.cdbaby.com
Jessica Camp – Singer
My name is Jessica and I sang on a master class that was conducted by Ms. Caicedo at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. I really enjoyed being coached by Ms. Caicedo and learned a great deal from such a wonderful teacher!. The piece that I performed on her master class was entitled "Algun Dia" by Jaime Leon. I absolutely LOVE Leon's music and I have searched everywhere for an anthology of Spanish songs or a book of Leon's pieces, but I have not been able to find "Algún Día" anywhere! For some reason, I don't think that it is published in the United States. Could someone please help me? Thank you very much.
Jennie Boyce - singer
Dear Ms Caicedo, I am writing to tell you how much I am enjoying your CD, and to thank you for introducing me to a rich and wonderful repertoire. You are right, the Latin American Art Song is sadly under-represented on the concert platform, so you are doing a grand service to us all by bringing it to our attention!
Julian Navarro – Guitar player and teacher
Queria decirte que escuche el disco dos veces con mucha atención, me gusto mucho!! realmente el pianista es muy bueno, mucha sensibilidad como tu dices, tu voz muy bonita y expresiva. en cuanto a la presentación me gusto mucho tu foto de entrada, es muy fresca, natural.
PDFs of Articles about Patricia Caicedo published at newspapers and magazines
Patricia Caicedo performing at the Smithsonian Institution, DC
Article about Patricia Caicedo at Transilvania Expres / Rumania
Soprano Patricia Caicedo to teach at Wake Forest
Article about Patricia Caicedo at El Latino, Barcelona
Links to websites with news about Patricia
Patricia in newspaper Si se puede - Barcelona Spain, July, 2011
Patricia in Raíz - Madrid, Spain
Patricia Caicedo at the Latin-American Music Festival at TCU, October 2011
Patricia Caicedo performing and teaching at Calpoly, Ca, October 2011
Patricia Caicedo performing at San Luis Obispo, CA, October, 2011
Patricia Caicedo teaching at San Luis Obispo, CA, The Tribune