Lisette is interviewed by Forum Opera about her upcoming roles
The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma returns to Japan for the first time since 2018. Japan Performing Arts Foundation is all the more delighted to announce this news as we have been forced to postpone all the opera performances that had been planed for three years since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Led by conductor Michele Mariotti who will assume the title of the Company's Music Director on 1 November 2022, the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma will present two masterpieces in sumptuous productions: La traviata in Sophia Coppola's production which won huge public and critical acclaim on their last Japan tour in 2018, and Tosca in Franco Zeffirelli's production. 2023 is the great film and stage director's 100th birth anniversary.
Both operas will be sung by the captivating cast. In La traviata, soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as Violetta, opposite tenor Francesco Meli as Alfredo Germont, and baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat as Giorgio Germont. In Tosca, soprano Sonya Yoncheva takes on the title role, and tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Mario Cavaradossi.
The tour begins on Sunday 10 September 2023. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.
On the opening day of La Traviata at the Roman Opera House, Lisette Oropesa, who played the heroine, showed the Japanese audience that she is the goddess of opera and the ultimate Violetta. She has a pretty appearance and looks great in Valentino's costumes, and even in the long aria of the first act, she did not lose her composure, and she did not hesitate to use her ultra-high notes to resonate bravely. Her emotional expression is rich, but the reason it never becomes tedious is probably because there is a mysterious mystique in her voice. There are singers who play this role in a verismo style and end up with a dull voice, but Oropesa's emotional expression is musical and elegant, and the high level that she aims for in her opera. No matter how much you listen to her, she has a voice that makes you want to hear more, and some of her sounds reminded me of golden-era Maria Callas recordings (even though her physique was completely different!) ). There is a faint classical elegance to it, and above all, the tragic nature of the story is conveyed in a very true manner.— Hisae Odajima • NBS
Lisette has given 43 performances as Violetta Valery.