Recital

Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC

Washington, DC

Saturday March 11, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Soloists

Soprano  Lisette Oropesa
Piano  Vlad Iftinca

About

A Louisiana native of Cuban descent, lyric coloratura soprano Lisette Oropesa has already won a loyal following of admirers in New York through Met appearances in Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro, and Falstaff (the latter also shown worldwide in movie theaters via a “Met Live in HD” simulcast), and has made exciting debuts in recent seasons at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Geneva’s Grand Théâtre, and San Francisco Opera. Her New York solo debut in January of 2016 at the Park Avenue Armory drew a packed house and vociferous ovations. Program to include selections by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Obradors, and Poulenc.

“ Oropesa manifested secure technical chops – trills, staccati, pinpoint dynamics and – most impressively, a long , sustained line that allowed her to hold the audience breathless…Her quicksilver tone aptly combined appealing girlish purity with lightly charged sensuality.” - David Shengold, Opera News

Program

(Subject to change)

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)
Ragion nell’alma siede from Il mondo della luna
Libretto: Carlo Goldoni

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Selections from Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister D.877
Heiß mich nicht reden, So lasst mich scheinen, Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
Texts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Selections from Op. 57
Suleika, O Jugend, o schöne Rosenzeit, Venetianisches Gondelied, Wanderlied

FRANCIS POULENC (1899-1963)
Deux Poèmes de Louis Aragon
C., Fêtes Galantes

SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981)
Opus 13 (Four Songs)
A Nun Takes the Veil, The Secrets of the Old, Sure on this Shining Night, Nocturne

FERNANDO OBRADORS (1897-1945)
Canciones clasicas españolas Vol. 1
La mi sola Laureola, Al amor, ¿Corazon, porqué pasais?, El majo celoso, Con amores, la mi madre, Del cabello más sutil, Coplas de curro dulce

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming performances in Winter 2017 include Hamlet, A recital in Washington D.C., and Die Entführung aus dem Serail

 Newsletter  

Reviews

Lisette Oropesa shines brightest in opera with Vocal Arts DC

The evening opened with “Ragion nell’alma siede,” an aria from Haydn’s opera Il mondo della luna. It was a gutsy move, and Oropesa easily filled the smaller venue with sound. The accuracy during runs was striking, as were the highest notes, all produced with facility. Her tone turned especially limpid on the little cadenza. Pianist Vlad Iftinca, who was a consummate musical partner throughout the program, gave vitality to the long introduction to the piece.

—  Charles T. Downey  •  Washington Classical Review

Soprano delivers a seemingly effortless performance at UDC theater

For someone with the slight build of a marathon runner (she is one, and apparently a very good one, too), Oropesa gives an impression of having limitless resources of vocal power, which, wisely, she managed to keep under wraps for this program while never sounding reined in. She’s a lyric soprano with the kind of seamless voice that can travel smoothly on a single vowel from the bottom of her huge range to the top, arriving pianissimo and in tune — and then sustaining it effortlessly (or so it sounded) for an apparent eternity. This, coupled with astonishingly accurate agility, made Haydn’s “Ragion Nell’alma Siede” something for the opera-lovers in the audience to revel in instead of having to hang on for dear life while hoping for a safe landing. 

—  Joan Reinthaler  •  Washington Post