New York, NYTuesday February 18, 2014 - 8:00 PM
|Le Bailli||Jonathan Summers|
Director Richard Eyre returns to the Met with a new staging of Massenet’s tragic romance Werther, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča in their first Met performances as the brooding poet Werther and his unattainable love, Charlotte. Lisette Oropesa sings the role of Sophie, Charlotte’s sister; David Bižić makes his Met debut as Charlotte’s fiancé, Albert; and Jonathan Summers is Charlotte’s father, Le Bailli. Alain Altinoglu conducts the first new Met production of the opera in more than forty years.
The bright-voiced, impressive soprano Lisette Oropesa is a sunny, winning Sophie— Anthony Tommassini • New York Times
Lisette Oropesa brings a bright, pealing soprano to the role of Sophie— Heidi Waleson • Wall Street Journal
Her beaming smile and sparkling voice lit up the stage every time she came on. She sang with bright, playful innocence throughout, and was wonderfully endearing when she flirted with the gloomy Werther.— Eric C. Simpson • New York Classical Review
Lisette Oropesa focused giddy sympathy as Sophie, the resident quasi-soubrette.— Martin Bernheimer • Financial Times
Soprano Lisette Oropesa is perfectly cast as Charlotte’s sister Sophie. Singing of flower bouquets and happiness, the character is nearly the sole ray of sunshine in the piece, and Oropesa’s sweet, agile soprano is one as well.— Ronni Reich • NJ.com
Lisette Oropesa’s radiant soprano is well suited for the role of Sophie, Charlotte’s exuberant younger sister,— Chris Browner • Columbia Spectator
but the house favorite Lisette Oropesa lights up the stage as Sophie— (none) • The New Yorker
Lisette Oropesa è un’ottima Sophie, giovane e graziosa, che trasmette una ventata di freschezza con voce soavissima e argentina, squillante senza essere petulante.— Maria Teresa Giovagnoli • MTG Lirica
And Lisette Oropesa was not the usual soubrette Sophie–directed to be more of an equal than “little sister” to Charlotte, she sang with great elegance and energy.— Robert Levine • Classics Today
Professionalmente ineccepibile la compagnia di canto nel suo insieme , su cui spicca sicuramente la fresca voce di Lisette Oropesa nella parte della sorella Sophie.— Stecconi Biagiarelli • Le mille e una notte all'Opera
Lisette Oropesa is more than a soubrette Sophie, bringing strong presence to the painful scene between the sisters.— John Allison • The Telegraph
Soprano Lisette Oropesa is so charming as Charlotte’s sister Sophie that one wonders why the poet fails to respond to her apparent interest.— Barry Bassis • Epoch Times
Lisette has given 8 performances as Sophie.