Central Park Summerstage

New York, NY

Monday July 13, 2009 - 8:00 PM


Soprano  Lisette Oropesa
Baritone  Paulo Szot
Tenor  Alek Shrader
Piano  Vlad Iftinca


The Metropolitan Opera launched its Summer Recital Series with a special performance of opera arias and popular songs headlined by the Tony Award-winning baritone Paulo Szot and featuring Lisette Oropesa (soprano), Alek Shrader (tenor), and Vlad Iftinca (piano).


Paulo Szot brings the hot to the Met Opera's SummerStage show

Yet the hottest number of the evening was Oropesa. Resplendent in a cornflower-blue dress, she defied the mikes by tossing off impeccable trills in “Caro nome” from Rigoletto and coquettishly charming the audience with “Quando m’en vo” from La bohème (a last-minute change to the program that proved to be a brilliant move). Her agile, silky soprano earned the most bravos of the night.

—  Olivia Giovetti  •  Time Out New York