Alcina

The role of Alcina is taken by the Cuban–American soprano Lisette Oropesa, whose starring roles at Covent Garden have included a highly acclaimed Violetta in La Traviata. She here embodies both the sexual allure and the emotional fragility of the character –Handel’s psycholog...

Evening Standard
Nov. 9, 2022
Barry Millington

As the sorceress herself, Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa made a welcome return to the House, having wowed audiences last season as a sensational Violetta in La Traviata. Here, she moulded Handel’s vocal lines with care, and invested each of her arias with a rare sense of emotion ...

Music OMH
Nov. 12, 2022
Keith McDonnell

Alcina

American soprano Lisette Oropesa delivers the star quality here as Alcina, conjuring an insouciant sense of superiority for the glittering enchantress, and singing with a high-class, diamantine soprano that never loses its quality. The intensity of her later arias comes across at white heat.

Financial Times
Nov. 9, 2022
Richard Fairman
Lisette Oropesa
Nov. 4, 2022
Marc Brenner

Leading the cast is Lisette Oropesa as a refreshingly youthful Alcina. Her bright, supple soprano has a touch of Callas about it, and she’s especially ravishing in the upper register. The transformation from ditzy playgirl to abandoned lover is beautifully charted and she’s v...

Musical America
Nov. 11, 2022
Clive Paget

When an opera has a plot as convoluted and comprehensively daft as Handel’s Alcina, one’s enjoyment depends principally on one thing: how well can the singers sell me their text? Can they take me out of the general state of battiness and transport me to a place where I truly believ...

Bachtrack
Nov. 9, 2022
David Karlin

But the real value in this Alcina lies in the performances. Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa is brilliant as Alcina, using her narcissism to her bewitch and manipulate. Oropesa has a luminescent tone, control and technique that allows her to pivot between seductiveness and the anger of i...

London Unattached
Nov. 9, 2022
Adrian York

Lisetta Oropesa was a magnetic Alcina, relishing the challenges of the role. When the going got tough at the end of Act Two, she responded superbly, giving us a profoundly moving 'Ah, mio cor' and providing vivid theatrical drama in her failed invocation to the spirits. Any production of Alcin...

Planet Hugill
Nov. 11, 2022
Robert Hugill
Lisette Oropesa
Nov. 4, 2022
Marc Brenner

Lisette Oropesa is stunning in the title role as her gorgeous soprano proves particularly adept at capturing the fear and sorrow Alcina feels as her power wanes and forces move against her.

Opera Online
Nov. 11, 2022
Sam Smith
Lisette Oropesa
Nov. 4, 2022
Marc Brenner

For the cast is itself a dream. As slinky Alcina, in a desirable range of LBDs, is the superstar Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa, strutting in her Laboutins as confidently as she soars and swoops through aria after aria with breathtaking ease, every note shot through with colour and per...

Culture Whisper
Nov. 9, 2022
Claudia Pritchard

La compagnia di canto si dimostra complessivamente all’altezza. Su tutti domina lei, la star Lisette Oropesa che ha illuminato la serata con una prova di valore per controllo della vocalità e qualità dell’esecuzione. Nessun segno di insicurezza, nessun nervosismo lega...

Conessi all'Opera
Nov. 10, 2022
Pietro Dall'Aglio
Lisette Oropesa
Nov. 4, 2022
Marc Brenner

Lisette Oropesa voice has that infallible ping and reach from the start, as she wields her brand perfume...The emotional highlights – “Ah! mio cor” and “Ombre pallide” in Act Two – hit surprisingly hard.

The Arts Desk
Nov. 9, 2022
David Nice

In a mostly international cast, Lisette Oropesa inhabited the title role with enormous style, her creamy tone absolutely suits the part.

The Guardian
Nov. 9, 2022
Martin Kettle
Lisette Oropesa
Nov. 4, 2022
Marc Brenner

In a largely worldwide solid, Lisette Oropesa inhabited the title position with monumental style, her creamy tone completely fits the half. 

Pehal News
Nov. 9, 2022
Pehal News Team