Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa has been hailed by The New York Times as an artist with a “magnetic” stage presence, who “sings with effortless grace and lyrical bloom.” She makes regular appearances on concert and opera stages throughout Europe and North America, identified as an artist “who has established an excellent reputation for singing with luminous tones and precise coloratura.”
“To judge from her first attempt at the role (La Traviata), Lisette Oropesa bids fair to be among its great exponents in her generation.David Shengold • Opera News
Oropesa manifested secure technical chops—trills, staccati, pinpoint dynamics and—most impressively—a long, sustained line that allowed her to hold the audience breathless in both “Dite alla giovine” and the party scene ensembles. Her quicksilver tone aptly combined appealing girlish purity with lightly charged sensuality.”
This season she performs Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, and the title role in LA FILLE DU REGIMENT with the Washington National Opera, plus a solo recital there in the spring. She debuts with the Rome Opera as Gilda in RIGOLETTO, in Lausanne as Ophélie in HAMLET, returns to the Dutch National Opera as Gilda in RIGOLETTO, and the Bayerische Staatsoper as Konstanze in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL. The summer brings her debut as Norina in DON PASQUALE in Glyndebourne.
Last season she made her role debut as Violetta in LA TRAVIATA with Opera Philadelphia, Gilda in RIGOLETTO with the Teatro Real in Madrid, Konstanze in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL and starred in a new production of LES INDES GALANTES at the Bayerische Staatsoper. She sang a solo recital in NYC with the Park Avenue Armory and appeared in concert with the Baltimore Symphony, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Lisette has appeared in over 100 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, including Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Gilda in Michael Mayer’s new production of RIGOLETTO, as well as having appeared in 8 of the Met's Live in HD productions. Other career highlights include appearances in the USA and Europe: the title role of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Fiorilla in IL TURCO IN ITALIA with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Cleopatra in GIULIO CESARE with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Susanna in NOZZE at the San Francisco Opera, the Ravinia Festival and the Santa Fe Opera, Nannetta in FALSTAFF at ABAO Opera Bilbao and San Francisco Opera, Konstanze at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Welsh National Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera. In concert, she has performed Carmina Burana with the Chicago Symphony, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti, and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2008 she sang Brahms’ Liebeslieder-Walzer at Weill Hall with James Levine and Daniel Barenboim at the pianos.
Updated September 2016