New York, NYTuesday January 12, 2016 - 7:30 PM
A winner of the Met’s National Council Auditions in 2005, Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa has been taking the opera world by storm ever since with vocally commanding performances at the Metropolitan Opera as well as other opera houses in the U.S. and Europe. She performs a program of Spanish art songs as well as works by Schubert and Schumann, offering audiences the chance to get to know this star on the rise in one of the only spaces that could provide such an intimate encounter – the Board of Officers Room.
Nemmen con l'ombre
Du bist die Ruh
Suleikas zweiter Gesang
Claire de lune
Au bord de l'eau
Après un rêve
FALLA *Siete canciones populares españolas*
El paño moruno
Ms. Oropesa and Mr. Churchwell brought uncommon freshness to this music, which somehow hovers on the divide between breathless desire and spiritual calm.— Anthony Tommasini • New York Times
Ms. Oropesa combined vocal refinement with articulate delivery of the texts. It’s impressive that all of the English translations printed in the program (the recital spanned Italian, German, French and Spanish) were by Ms. Oropesa herself. Clearly, she involves herself deeply in the words she sings.