I feel so grateful for everyone who have recognized my work this year in the field of classical music and opera. I am truly honored to be included in these countdown lists for 2019.
3. Lisette Oropesa
“She moved effortlessly between nimble, fluttering coloratura and arching lyrical phrases” – OperaWire
Last year, Oropesa scored some of the biggest successes of her career, elevating her international status. And this year she became a bonafide star winning the Beverly Sills Award and Richard Tucker Award for which she headlined a starry gala at Carnegie Hall.
Honorable mention to soprano Lisette Oropesa for her impeccable vocal work in the Pittsburgh Opera’s April production of “Don Pasquale.”
Among singers, Lisette Oropesa was a vocal dream in the title role of Massenet’sManon.
Described as “one of those exceptional things that appears, like a Haley comment, once every 10 years” (Notodo), Lisette Oropesa is one of the world’s most demanded presences in lyric coloraturas in our modern-day. With several successes and debuts in this current season alone—Opera National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, the Teatro Real Madrid, and more—Lisette’s “endless supply of golden-age trills” (Opera News)and “brightly crystalline and arrestingly powerful” voice (New York Times)have made this Cuban-American soprano a must-witness performer, turning everything she touches into gold (Place de l’Opera).
“Manon” may be my most loved opera so there was zero possibility I’d miss it from the Met starring Lisette Oropesa. To hear a leading lady with a true lyric-coloratura soprano in the role was a joy and Oropesa proved an ideal match for this passionate coquette, looking and sounding sublime at every moment.
Lisette Oropesa’s stunning coloratura exploits made for an affecting portrait of the madness of Ophelia.
La ópera barroca de Händel brilló con una interesante propuesta del Claus Guth, director escénico de este montaje interpretado a la perfección por un reparto donde destacaron el contratenor Bejun Mehta y la soprano Lisette Oropesa. El buen trabajo de Josep Pons con su orquesta, la Sinfònica del Liceu, contribuyó a esta maravillosa creación.
MANON. Another soprano "discovery"--though she's been in more than 100 performances of one type or another at the Met--was Lisette Oropesa.
She started off sweetly as the 16-year-old title character in MANON, but showed she's more than just a songbird. Her voice has real heft. She showed off the many sides of her art at the gala of the Richard Tucker Foundation at Carnegie Hall, where she was the winner of the main prize this year. (Her shimmering "Qui la voce" from PURITANI helped to show why.)
When MANON's librettists Meilhac and Gille say "no voice could be sweeter...no face more enchanting," they could have had Oropesa as their model.