Lisette Oropesa as Gilda in Rigoletto at the Teatro Real

Lisette OropesaThis season, Lisette makes her role and house debut as Violetta in LA TRAVIATA at the Opera Philadelphia. She also makes her house debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Gilda in RIGOLETTO. Finishing the operatic season, she appears in a new production of LES INDES GALANTES as Hébé and Zima with the Bayerische Staatsoper. Concert engagements include the Faure REQUIEM with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM with the Baltimore Symphony, Mahler’s SYMPHONY NO. 8 at the Philadelphia Orchestra's 100th anniversary gala concert, and Bach’s ST. MATTHEW PASSION with the Strasbourg Philharmonic.

Lisette has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera in over 100 performances, and 8 Live! in HD productions. She has sung many leading roles at the Met, San Francisco Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, Santa Fe Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Dutch National Opera, and numerous other theaters. Lisette’s repertoire spans several genres and composers, and she continues to add new roles. Major roles include Cleopatra, Susanna, Konstanze, Lucia, Marie, Leila, Pamina, Gilda, and Violetta.

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Check out this wonderful article by Bryan Buttler in PhilyMag about my upcoming performances of La Traviata with the Opera Philadelphia. Bryan was a joy to talk with!

"Clearly, Oropesa's parents, both Cuban immigrants, instilled the love of music in their daughter early. But despite the influence of her opera-singing mother, Oropesa never wanted to sing professionally: She wanted to play the flute, and studied the instrument for 12 years, from fifth grade all the way through most of her college education, where she concurrently studied voice. It wasn't until several of her vocal teachers told her that her voice would be the ticket to her success that she gave up the flute. However, those years with the flute were not wasted."

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