“the winning soprano Lisette Oropesa, sings with effortless grace and lyrical bloom”
The New York Times
“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.”
“Her beaming smile and sparkling voice lit up the stage every time she came on.”
New York Classical Review
“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.”
“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.”
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Lisette Oropesa was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and is a leading soprano at the world’s most important opera houses. She started her career at the Metropolitan Opera at the age of 22 by debuting as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. Since then she has sung many roles at the Met including Gilda in Rigoletto, Manon, and Violetta in La Traviata. In Europe, highlights include acclaimed performances as Amalia in Verdi’s I Masnadieri at Teatro alla Scala, Queen Marguerite in Les Huguenots at the Paris Opera, Lucia Di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Teatro Real Madrid, La Traviata at the Arena di Verona, Teatro Real, Rodelinda at The Liceu in Barcelona, Gilda at Grand Théatre de Genève, and the Rome Opera, Konstanze in Munich and Paris, Rosina in Il Barbiere Di Siviglia and Adina in L’elisir D’amore also in Paris, Isabelle in Robert Le Diable in La Monnaie-Brussels, and Ophélie in Hamlet at Opéra de Lausanne. She has also sung major roles at the Rossini Opera Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, Glyndebourne, and Tanglewood, among others. In concert, she has appeared with the Concertgebouw, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, and Philadelphia Orchestra.
In the 2020-21 season Lisette makes several important debuts, beginning as Konstanze at the Wiener Staatsoper in a new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail. At Teatro alla Scala, Lisette opens the official season in a new production of Lucia Di Lammermoor, sings Gilda in a new production of Rigoletto, and in April appears there in a solo recital. She then debuts at the Opernhaus Zürich in a new production of Lucia Di Lammermoor. Over the course of the season, she also sings concerts in Paris, Prague, London, and Dresden. The season will also feature the release of her first solo orchestral album of Mozart concert arias.