At Home Gala

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Firenze, IT




Soprano  Cecilia Bartoli
Tenor  Vittorio Grigolo
Bass  Mikhail Petrenko
Soprano  Diana Damrau
Baritone  Ludovic Tézier
Tenor  Francesco Meli
Soprano  Lisette Oropesa
Baritone  Luca Salsi
Baritone  Thomas Hampson
Soprano  Krassimira Stoyanova
Bass  Michele Pertusi
Soprano  Eva Mei
Baritone  Leo Nucci
Soprano  Sonya Yoncheva
Tenor  Fabio Sartori
Soprano  Anna Pirozzi
Soprano  Saioa Hernández
Soprano  Rosa Feola
Baritone  Nicola Alaimo
Tenor  Piero Pretti
Soprano  María José Siri
Baritone  Luca Pisaroni
Tenor  Francesco Galasso
Conductor  Marco Armiliato
Conductor  Zubin Mehta


The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has announced an at home concert featuring some of the world’s greatest opera stars.
The concert on May 1, which was organized by the company’s sovrintendente Alexander Pereira, will showcase Cecilia Bartoli, Vittorio Grigolo, Mikhail Petrenko, Diana Damrau, Ludovic Tézier, Francesco Meli, Lisette Oropesa, Luca Salsi, Thomas Hampson, Krassimira Stoyanova, Michele Pertusi, Eva Mei, Leo Nucci, Sonya Yoncheva, Fabio Sartori, Anna Pirozzi and Saioa Hernández, among others who have yet to be announced.

Pereira will host the evening from the stage of the Maggio Musicale and each artist will perform live from their living rooms.

In a statement Pereira noted, “We wanted to bring some life to the theater and therefore we asked these artists to offer the audience a streaming concert. All the singers will be live and I will be hosting. There will be improvisation and jokes but with a positive spirit.”

The concert will be the first of many with others planned dedicated to Verdi, Puccini, and Mozart. Many of the same artists will perform in the next concerts as well others.

The Maggio Musicale Concert will be showcased at 9 p.m. Italian time and will available on the company’s website and on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Douglas Moore's Ballad of Baby Doe, the Willow Song


Constellation de stars en ligne du Maggio Musicale Fiorentino : l’empathie plus que le plaisir

Lisette Oropesa, à Bâton-Rouge, prête sa finesse prosodique à des intervalles définis avec une immense précision et à une ligne de chant déconfinée.

—  Thibault Vicq  •  Opera Online

The Top 5 Moments From the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s At Home Gala

In an outstanding rendition of Douglass Moore’s aria “Willow,” Oropesa offered audiences a refined and moving performance filled with crystal clear high notes, all sung a capella.

While the performance was pre-recorded, Oropesa also recited the text for Italian audiences in a beautiful and moving reading.

—  Francisco Salazar  •  Opera Wire

El Maggio Musicale de Florencia regaló una gala lírica por internet

Lisette Oropesa que en diciembre inaugurará la temporada de La Scala, aportando la mejor interpretación de la noche, una aria de la ópera americana 'he Ballad of Baby Doe,

—  Pablo Meléndez-Haddad  •  Cordoba

El Maggio Musicale de Florència va regalar una gala lírica per internet

Lisette Oropesa –que al desembre inaugurarà la temporada de la Scala, aportant la millor interpretació de la nit, una ària de l’òpera americana ‘The Ballad of Baby Doe’,

—  Pablo Meléndez-Haddad  •  El Periódico

BWW Review: Maggio Musicale's Home Gala

Because of the remote location, Lisette Oropesa's singing was prerecorded in her home at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She offered a gorgeous, heart-rending a cappella version of Baby Doe's aria from Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe. Before singing, however, she read an Italian translation of the American aria. Sometimes we forget how much Italian is translated for us.

—  Maria Nockin  •  Broadway World

La porti un bacione a Firenze ! (streaming)

Mais il faut dire que le moment le plus admirable nous est venu de Lisette Oropesa qui, depuis son domicile de Baton-Rouge aux Etats-Unis, a choisi d’interpréter a capella une chanson du saule. Pas du tout celle de Verdi ni celle de Rossini, mais celle de la Ballad of Baby Doe de Douglas Moore. Un moment d’enchantement, aidé par l’une des meilleures captations de la soirée, pré-enregistrée.

—  Cédric Manuel  •  Forum Opera