Lisette was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Cuban parents, and played the flute for 12 years before she began her studies in vocal performance at Louisiana State University. After winning the Met Opera National Council Auditions, she entered the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and moved to New York City. She sang her first major role, Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
, at the Met at the age of 22, and has sung there in over 100 performances in many different roles since. She has appeared in concert halls and opera stages all over the world since graduating from the young artist program in 2008, and has become one of the most celebrated singers of her generation, both for her singing and her inspiring personal story. Lisette is a devoted runner who has completed 6 marathons and is an advocate for health and fitness.
In the fall of 2018, Lisette starred as Marguerite de Valois in a new production of LES HUGUENOTS at the Opéra National de Paris, and sang Adina in L'ELISIR D'AMORE immediately after. She then sang Gilda in a new production of RIGOLETTO at the Teatro dell’opera di Roma, and made role and house debuts as RODELINDA at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Isabelle in ROBERT LE DIABLE at La Monnaie. In the United States she revisited the role of Norina in DON PASQUALE in Pittsburgh. Next, she will make her debut at Teatro alla Scala, as Amalia in a new production of Verdi’s I MASNADIERI. The production tours to the Savonlinna Festival over the summer. Immediately following, Lisette sings the title role in LA TRAVIATA in both Athens and Verona.
In the 2019/20 season, Lisette will return to the Metropolitan Opera in two title roles, MANON and Violetta in LA TRAVIATA. She sings Ophélie in HAMLET with the Washington Concert Opera, and heads back to Paris to make her role debut as Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. In the spring she sings LUCIA at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and LA TRAVIATA at the Teatro Real. She has solo concerts planned in Switzerland, Brazil, and her hometown of New Orleans.
In 2019, she was named the recipient of the Richard Tucker Award.
Lisette began her career at the Metropolitan Opera, and has starred in various roles there, including Nannetta in FALSTAFF, Gretel in HANSEL AND GRETEL, Gilda in RIGOLETTO, and Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. She has appeared many times with the Bayerische Staatsoper as Konstanze in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, a role she has also sung at the Opéra National de Paris. Her most performed role is Gilda in RIGOLETTO, which she has sung at the Dutch National Opera, Teatro dell'opera di Roma, Los Angeles Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and the Teatro Real. In the U.K., Lisette triumphed as Norina in DON PASQUALE at Glyndebourne, and as LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Other roles include Ophélie in HAMLET, Cleopatra in GIULIO CESARE, Leïla in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES, Marie in LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT, Amalia in I MASNADIERI, and Violetta in LA TRAVIATA.
In the U.S., Lisette has appeared at the Met, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Philadelphia Opera, and the Washington National Opera, among others. Lisette's career also includes oratorio, recital, and concert repertoire. She has released two recital albums, titled Within/Without, and Aux filles du désert, and has performed recitals in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and more. In concert she has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, among others. She has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, The Ravinia Festival, The Tanglewood Music Festival, The Chicago Bach Project, The Mostly Mozart Music Festival, and more. She has collaborated with many of the world's leading conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Anthony Pappano, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Luisi, Ivor Bolton, William Christie, and many more.