Thank you so much to Richard Sasanow for this lovely interview in Broadway World! I really appreaciate having the chance to talk about both of my title roles at the Metropolitan Opera this year!
I ask her, "What does it like doing these two roles here this season--roles that have a lot in common but are also quite different?"
"They are sister roles, sister kinds of stories," Oropesa tells me. "I think there are lots of similarities, in the things that happen to them," she continues.
"They both become courtesans, both have love affairs with characters that they can't have for societal reasons. The main difference--beside the fact that Violetta is so ill from the start--is that she is a much more experienced, pessimistic person, whereas Manon is more innocent and hopeful.