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 2020-21 season Lisette makes several important debuts, beginning as Konstanze at the Wiener
Staatsoper in a new production of DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL.
On December 7th, she opens the season at the Teatro alla Scala in A RIVEDER LE STELLE. Then she heads to Barcelona to
sing one of her signature roles, Violetta Valery in LA TRAVIATA with the Grand Theatre del Liceu.
She then debuts at the Opernhaus Zürich in a new production of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. And she will return
once again to the Arena di Verona for LA TRAVIATA.
Over the course of the season, she also sings concerts in Paris, Bilbao, Rome, and London. The season will also feature the release
of her first solo orchestral album of Mozart concert arias.
In 2019, she was named the recipient of the Richard Tucker and Beverly Sills Awards.
Lisette began her career at the Metropolitan Opera, and has starred in various roles there, including
Manon Lescaut in MANON, Violetta Valery in LA TRAVIATA, Nannetta in FALSTAFF, Gretel in HANSEL AND GRETEL, Gilda in RIGOLETTO, and Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.
She has a strong relationship to Spanish theatres such as the Teatro Real and the Grand Theatre del Liceu
where she has sung in LA TRAVIATA, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and RIGOLETTO, and RODELINDA.
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, Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, and
Adina in L'ELISIR D'AMORE.
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.