I had a great chat with Charles Sigel at Forum Opera about bel-canto and some of my upcoming roles that I am looking forward to. It's a long interview, but one that I think you all might enjoy!
FO: What are the roles that you would like and that no one is offering you at the moment?
Lisette Oropesa: So, I already talked about Donizetti's queens for example. I think I have to stay in the world of belcanto, but I should, I would also like to do roles like Marguerite from Faust too, maybe Thaïs in the future. There is a serious Rossini that I would like to do. This is the Siege of Corinth. It's rare, but I would love to sing it because I think the music is fantastic. But stay with the roles that are good for me, Violetta always, still do Juliette which I adore! I think Juliette was really written for me. Manon always. Lots of French roles. I love them. It may be my favorite repertoire, but I can't say that in Italy! [laughs] In Italy I have to say that belcanto is my favorite, but really, I think it's half and half, half and half. And then Handel of course Handel of course, I'm going to sing Cleopatra in Paris.