Lisette Oropesa
Soprano

Season 18/19 Artist
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Lisette Oropesa is one of the most in demand lyric coloraturas today, who has triumphed in various roles throughout the most important houses in Europe and the US. She appears regularly in major theatres all around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Opéra national de Paris. Lisette was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Cuban parents. After winning the Met Opera National Council Auditions, she entered the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and moved to New York City. She sang her first major role, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, at the Met at the age of 22, and has sung there in over 100 performances in many different roles since. She has appeared in concert halls and opera stages all over the world and has become one of the most celebrated singers of her generation.

Career Highlights : Gilda in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Dutch National Opera, Rome Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Teatro Real. Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House and Teatro Real. Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Bayerische Staatsoper and Opéra national de Paris. Norina in Don Pasquale at Glyndebourne. Ophélie in Hamlet at Opéra de Lausanne, Amalia in I Masnadieri with Washington Concert Opera, La Fille du Régiment at Washington National Opera. La Traviata with Opera Philadelphia. Le Nozze di Figaro in Santa Fe and San Francisco Operas.

She has released two solo albums, titled Within/Without, and Aux filles du désert. Concert appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, The Ravinia Festival, The Tanglewood Music Festival, The Chicago Bach Project, The Mostly Mozart Music Festival, and more.

This summer, Lisette debutes in Adina at the Rossini Opera Festival and sings at the Arena di Verona for their Verdi Opera Night. In the fall, she heads to the Opéra national de Paris to make her role debut as Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, and returns to the Rome Opera as Gilda in a new production of Rigoletto. In the spring, Lisette makes her role and house debut at the Liceu Opera in Barcelona in a new production of Handel’s Rodelinda, in the title role. Another exciting debut then follows, as Lisette performs in concert the role of Isabelle in Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable at La Monnaie in Brussels. She then returns to Pittsburgh Opera to sing Norina in Don Pasquale, and then to the Santa Fe Opera, to sing Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles.

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