Los Angeles, CASaturday May 12, 2018 - 7:30 PM
|Rigoletto||Juan Jesús Rodríguez|
|Duke of Mantua||Arturo Chacón-Cruz|
|Count Monterone||Craig Colclough|
|Marullo||Juan Carlos Heredia|
|Count Ceprano||Gabriel Vamvulescu|
|Countess Ceprano||Liv Redpath|
It’s more than just a cornerstone of opera repertoire; it’s also one of the most heartfelt of all stage works. Rigoletto is the unforgettable tale of a father’s rage, a daughter’s shame and a self-centered ruler who thinks he can get away with anything. Several of Verdi’s best-known tunes accentuate this timeless tragedy of sacrifice, betrayal and revenge.
The powerful and arresting staging by Mark Lamos features striking scenic perspectives and elaborate period costumes.
Lisette Oropesa was a truly magnificent Gilda. She portrayed her character's girlishness, innocence, and obsessive love. Her voice was clear and bell-like, especially above the staff. Her "Caro Nome" ("Dear name") was most impressive with its radiant, silvery tones and tasteful decoration. Amazingly, she finished the main part of her aria, climbed a long flight of stairs, and immediately began the trill that ends the scene. Twentieth century operagoers told tales of the legendary Erna Berger and her long trills. Twenty-first century patrons may have their own legend-in-the-making with Oropesa. She definitely is a singer to watch.— Maria Nockin • Broadway World
Oropesa’s expressive and beautifully modulated soprano gave full range to Gilda’s every emotion. Her love and regard for her father was palpable from their first duet in Act I to Act II’s ‘Piangi, fanciulla’ to their final tragic duet, ‘Lassu – in cielo’, as Gilda dies in Rigoletto’s arms.— Jane Rosenberg • Seen and Heard International
she brought a golden honeyed tone, a little reminiscent of Beverly Sills, to Verdi's great coloratura aria "Caro Nome" at the end of the first act and vocally remained the stunning star of the show— Mark Swed • Los Angeles Times
Having enjoyed Lisette Oropesa in the recent OrphéeI was eager to make my acquaintance with her Gilda and she alone, amongst a talented cast, was the one who consistently spun vocal gold. Her formidable technical prowess constantly brought pleasure and astonishment to the ear. Her breath control and fluency above the staff were magical and her touching, nervous, sincerity in the opening scene laid the foundation for the sacrifice to come in the last.
Her “Caro nome” was a veritable how-to manual on holding an audience enraptured. Her final moments, with her beautiful arching messa di voce lines, were the very definition of what the the Italians call “la bella morte.”— Patrick Mack • Parterre
Oropesa, who starred in L.A. Opera’s Orpheus & Eurydice in March, reveals a more subtly enchanting presence when she discloses her attraction for the Duke in a delicately eerie and movingly sublime version of the love song “Gualtier Maldè! … Caro nome.” Oropesa’s voice trails off with a sighing, spacey exoticism as Gilda revels in her desire for the Duke, in one of the opera’s most memorable scenes.— Falling James • LA Weekly
Oropesa, who starred in L.A. Opera’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” and more recently as the conflicted heroine in Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice,” is the personification of Verdi’s Gilda, the cloistered young girl in love with the idea of love. But it is Oropesa’s singing that raises the role to its zenith, with delicate phrasing and sustained high notes that will break your heart.— Jim Farber • The Press Enterprise
American soprano Lisette Oropesa gave the finest singing of the evening as Gilda, a hopeless romantic-turned-hero who gave her life for her unfaithful lover. Splendid in her lyrical outpourings in duets with the Duke and Rigoletto, Ms. Oropesa had plenty of vocal glamour that could turn from silver into steel at the drop of a hat. Ms. Oropesa’s singing offered an object lesson in the fine art of bel canto. “Caro nome” featured some meltingly beautiful lines and and perfectly-turned trills, and those ravishing pianissimo high notes in the final duet were to die for, literally.— Truman C. Wang • Classical Voice
Lisette has given 46 performances as Gilda.