Olavinlinna Castle

Savonlinna, FI




Soprano  Lisette Oropesa
Piano  Rubén Fernández Aguirre


Soprano Lisette Oropesa has her own special, uniquely magical charm. There is no question that she’s one of today’s most sought-after, acclaimed and revered singers of the global opera scene.

Her pitch-perfect technique is complemented by a crystalline, colourful and powerful voice. What’s more, she has a sharp sense of lyrics and impressive drama skills. When not singing, she loves books by the Brontë sisters and runs marathons.

“There must be a strength and a vulnerability. In this career, you cannot have only one.”

Lisette Oropesa, Opera Charm Magazine

The Cuban-American singer started from the very top at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. She visited the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2019 with Milan’s La Scala. At this year’s festival, she will also sing the lead role of Romeo and Juliet.


Charles Gounod
Boléro (Ah! Que je plains ta flame)

Maurice Ravel
Chanson espagnole
Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera

Jules Massenet
Chanson Andalouse
Sevillana (“A Séville, belles señoras”) from the opera Don César de Bazan

Henri Collet
Morisca y Bolero (Álbum d'Espagne)

Georges Bizet
"Ouvre ton Coeur" from the ode symphony Vasco da Gama
Adieu de l'hôtesse arabe

Leo Delibes
Boléro (Les Filles de Cadix)


Francisco Asenjo Barbieri
“Canción de la paloma” from the zarzuela El barberillo de Lavapiés

Manuel de Falla
Siete canciones populares españolas

Jesús Guridi
Pinceladas de "El Caserío"

Enrique Granados
Three songs from the series Canciones amatorias
No lloreis
Mañanica era
Gracia mia

Joaquín Rodrigo
Cuatro madrigales amatorios

Ruperto Chapí
“Carceleras” from the zarzuela Las hijas del Zebedeo


Lisette Oropesa toi hurmaavan tunnelatauksen Espanjasta

This deep dive to songs influenced by Spain fits very well to the image of Lisette Oropesa’s artistry. Spanish is her native language and French is her preferred singing language. The quickly changing, dramatic, moods of the music also fit to Oropesa’s quickly reacting personality and expression.

Her voice transforms from dark, colorful low register to very high notes. A lot can happen during one long voice. Oropesa plays with the shades of the music, she stretches time and highlights the text so that it touches your soul.

Dark emotions, pure joy and playfulness, heart-wrenching pain, and longing – Oropesa’s singing gave room for all of the emotions and they came across easily, naturally and masterfully. Everything seems to be easy and natural for this soprano.

—  Riitta-Leena Lempinen-Vesa  •  Itä-Savo