The New York Times
“the winning soprano Lisette Oropesa, sings with effortless grace and lyrical bloom”
“Even among such an superb cast, Lisette Oropesa stood out: her striking performance as Amalia demonstrated that she has graduated fully from soubrette roles to more demanding lyric ones without losing any of the astonishing flexibility of her voice. Equally comfortable in arias and cabalettas, she moved effortlessly between nimble, fluttering coloratura and arching lyrical phrases.”
“Lisette Oropesa made a rapturous house debut, investing Amalia with depth, authenticity and allure, and streaming through this fluttering Jenny Lind role with disarming ease. As a result, this usually drab heroine became the production’s unlikely pillar.”
The New York Times
“Lisette Oropesa was a dynamo: her singing had a bell-like purity and enviable agility; her stage presence was magnetic.”
New York Classical Review
“Her beaming smile and sparkling voice lit up the stage every time she came on.”
“A light lyric soprano with a full arsenal of bel canto effects at her disposal, she wields a distinctive, bell-like timbre that is instantly appealing”
“Operas are not a one-person show, ever. They are the result of many talented, dedicated contributors. So, I feel guilty raving about one team member in particular, but I am going to rave about Lisette Oropesa, right now, right up front for everybody to see…When she appeared for the first time Saturday night in Pittsburgh Opera’s Don Pasquale, the impact was even greater than the change from black/white scenery to color suggested; like a light bulb, the life in the performance came on, Donizetti meets star power. There were other excellent performances and other important good stuff to talk about, but let’s get the ‘why you must not miss this performance’ out of the way up front. Pittsburgh, go see and hear Lisette Oropesa while you can.”
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
“There are some voices in opera that are so sublimely expressive that they stand out like a Michelangelo fresco in a black and white film. Pittsburgh Opera’s season finale production of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” features such a voice…Ms. Oropesa’s career is likely poised to blossom in the coming seasons.”
Soprano Lisette Oropesa has been hailed as one of the most exciting and magnetic singers of her generation.
This season, Ms. Oropesa returns to the Metropolitan Opera for both her role debut as the title role in Manon and as Violetta in La Traviata, the Paris Opera for her role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the Bayerische Staatsoper as the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Teatro Real in Madrid for La Traviata and the Glyndebourne Festival as Konstanza in Die Entfurüng aus dem Serail. She also sings Ophélie in Hamlet with the Washington Concert Opera, and appears in solo concerts in Switzerland, Brazil, and her hometown of New Orleans.
Ms. Oropesa has appeared in over 100 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, including Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Gilda in Michael Mayer’s new production of Rigoletto, as well as having appeared in eight of the Met’s Live in HD productions. Other career highlights in the US include Nannetta in Falstaff, Romilda in Xerses, and Susanna at the San Francisco Opera; her role debut as Violetta in La Traviata at Opera Philadelphia, Susanna at the Santa Fe Opera; Gilda, the title role in Orphée et Eurydice, and Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas at the L.A. Opera; Marie in La Fille du Régiment, Norina in Don Pasquale, and Konstanza at the Pittsburgh Opera, Susanna and Marie at the Washington National Opera, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with the Michigan Opera Theatre, and Susanna and Leila in The Pearl Fishers at the New Orleans Opera.
In Europe, Ms. Oropesa recently made her acclaimed debuts at both the Teatro alla Scala in a new production of I Masnadieri and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. She has also appeared as Marguerite in Les Hugenots, Gilda, and Konstanza at the Opéra National de Paris; the title role in Adina at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaron, Norina in Don Pasquale at the Glyndebourne Festival, Ismene in Mitriadat, Hébé and Zima in a new production of Les Indes Galantes, and Konstanza at the Bayersiche Staatsopera; Konstanza at the Welsh National Opera, Gilda at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Real in Madrid and Netherlands Opera; Ophélie in Hamlet at Opéra Lausanne, Nannetta at the ABAO Opera Bilbao, Lucia at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia.
Also an accomplished concert singer, Ms. Oropesa has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orchestre de Paris, the Radio Concertgeouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, and at the Ravinia, Cincinnati May and Tanglewood Festivals. She has also appeared in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in a performance of Liebeslieder-Walzer with James Levine and Daniel Barenboim at the pianos. In recital she has been presented by the Park Avenue Armory in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
A first generation Cuban-American, Ms. Lisette was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated from the LSU School of Music at Louisiana State University. She is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program and her many awards include the 2019 Richard Tucker Award, the 2019 Beverly Sills Award, Grand Finals Winner of the 2005 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2007 Sarah Tucker Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, the Zarzuela Award at the 2007 Operalia International Opera Competition, and the 2008 George London Award.