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Lisette Oropesa, photo by Jason Homa

Interview in OperaWire, Royal Opera House, Lucia

Interview

OperaWire was kind enough to interview me for my upcoming performances of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House. I also talked a little bit about my return to the Metropolitan Opera for Hansel and Gretel.

Here is a small excerpt from the entire interview. I hope you all enjoy!

You can read the full interview here.

OperaWire: What excites you most about making this major debut at such a famous house?

Lisette Oropesa: Well I’m incredibly grateful, for starters. I have been studying this role for over 10 years, and have sung it 3 times in very traditional, and beautiful, productions. This time feels completely new. The production requires the title character to be onstage the entire time, and this dramatic choice makes me have to put a new focus on the vocal execution of it. I am finding my way in it with a lot of pleasure, but it is still very challenging. I’ve never had to be onstage 100% of the time in a role this long. It will take all the stamina and concentration I can muster. The London audience is expecting a stellar performance at this historic opera house, and I want to give them the best of my work. So I guess you can say I’m nervous too!

Lisette Oropesa and Michele Mariotti for Opera Passion day at the Royal Opera House

Opera Passion day at Royal Opera House

Feature

Thank you to everyone who joined in for Opera Passion day at the Royal Opera House! We were delighted to show you some scenes of our first stage rehearsal for Lucia di Lammermoor! Luckily for all of us, the ROH made the video available for all to watch! Be sure to watch it and tell me what you all think on my facebook page!

Watch the full OperaPassion day video on Facebook

Watch a rehearsal of the Mad Scene on YouTube

Les Indes Galantes on Blu-Ray

Les Indes Galantes - Rameau - Blu-Ray Release - Bayerische Staatsoper

Feature

Rameau's masterpiece, Les Indes Galantes will be released on Blu-Ray, November 10th, 2017. I played the part of Hébé and Zima in the production and it was a really wonderful chance to work on a French baroque piece. Ivor Bolton worked with a full baroque orchestra using period instruments and was able to bring out lots of colors in the score. The production was by great choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who allowed each dancer to bring their own improvisations to the production. There is some bonus material that is in included so that would be very interesting to watch!

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Cast
Hébé - LISETTE OROPESA
Bellone - GORAN JURIĆ
L'Amour - ANA QUINTANS
Osman - TAREQ NAZMI
Emilie - JOÉLLE HARVEY
Valère - CYRIL AUVITY
Huascar - FRANÇOIS LIS
Phani - ANNA PROHASKA
Don Carlos - MATHIAS VIDAL
Tacmas - CYRIL AUVITY
Ali - TAREQ NAZMI
Zaire - ANA QUINTANS
Fatime - ANNA PROHASKA
Damon - MATHIAS VIDAL
Don Alvaro - FRANÇOIS LIS
Zima - LISETTE OROPESA
Adario - JOHN MOORE


Conductor
IVOR BOLTON

Choreography
SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI

Chorusmaster
DETLEF BRATSCHKE

Lisette Oropesa in New Orleans

Lisette announces her 2017-2018 season

Announcement

Lisette is honored to announce her 2017-18 season which is a whirlwind tour of major European and American destinations with appearances in Paris, London, New York, Munich, Los Angeles, and Madrid. It promises to be a season of new roles and highlights, including stops inbetween performances for masterclasses and benefit concerts. The fall kicks off with two concert performances as Nannetta in FALSTAFF with the Philharmonie de Paris. In October, she makes her debut at the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden with 8 performances of the title role in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. Over the holidays, she performs Gretel in HANSEL AND GRETEL at the Metropolitan Opera. In January, first she heads to Munich to sing Konstanze in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and the month ends with a recital for the Tucson Desert Song Festival. In March she debuts the role of Eurydice in a new production of Glück’s ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE at the Los Angeles Opera, and right after, she performs Gilda, opposite Leo Nucci’s legendary RIGOLETTO. June and July are filled with performances of LUCIA at the Teatro Real-Madrid.

Lisette's first album, WITHIN/WITHOUT, a live record of a recital performed with Vlad Iftinca last spring, was officially released in May of 2017, and has received incredible response. It is currently available on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and other streaming services. Physical, autographed copies are also available, and have been shipped to numerous fans in the US and Europe, and this season, they will be available in as many opera gift shops as possible.

As always, we will continue to personally produce and release newsletters, videos, and recordings. It means the world to us, as we bring our love and ever growing passion for this art form to more people around the world. Thank you for your continued support of our hard work.

Schedule

Falstaff
September 29 and October 01
Paris Philharmonic

The AIDS Foundation benefit concert
November 04
Deutsche Oper Berlin

Lucia di Lammermoor
October 30 and November 02, 08, 11, 15, 20, 24, 27
Royal Opera House

Hansel and Gretel
December 18, 22, 26, 30 and January 01, 06
Metropolitan Opera

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
January 12, 14, 17
Bayerische Staatsoper

Masterclass
January 19, 20
Mississippi State University

Recital and Masterclass
January 30, 31
Holsclaw Hall - Fred Fox School of Music

Orfeo ed Euridice
March 10, 15, 18, 21, 24, 25
LA Opera

Masterclass (Private)
March 13
UCLA

Rigoletto
May 12, 16, 19
LA Opera

Lucia di Lammermoor
June 22, 25, 28 and July 01, 04, 07, 10, 13
Teatro Real

Lisette Oropesa is interviewed in Schmopera

Interview on Schmopera

Interview

I recently had a wonderful chat with Schmopera about some upcoming roles and how to be healthy and sane while traveling. 

Talking with Singers - Lisette Oropesa - Schmopera.com

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG SOPRANOS, WHO MAY FEEL PRESSURE TO SET THEMSELVES APART FROM THE MANY SKILLED SINGERS OF SIMILAR VOICE TYPES?

"You are completely unique, and there is no other singer exactly like you. As long as you have that knowledge to begin with, you shouldn't try to compare yourself to other singers, because there are always going to be things to set you apart from others. It is most important that in your young years, you spend your time and energy investing in your own artistry, in mastering styles and languages, and building your technique. Those things are the most important to have a long career, and you build those good habits young."