Soprano Lisette Oropesa has been hailed by The New York Times as an artist with a “magnetic” stage presence, and an “attractively silky, and flexible timbre.” She has already appeared on concert and opera stages throughout Europe and North America, and has been identified as an artist on the rise.
This season, Lisette returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Nannetta in Falstaff (which she also sang at San Francisco Opera in 2013), and Sophie in Werther, both of which are new productions which will be featured in the Met’s Live in HD broadcasts. She will also be heard as Amalia with the Washington Concert Opera in Verdi’s I Masnadieri, as well as performances of Carmina Burana with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
In the 2012–13 season, Ms. Oropesa appeared as Gilda at the Metropolitan Opera in Michael Mayer’s new production of Rigoletto, and was heard as the Woodbird in Robert Lepage’s production of Siegfried. Further appearances in the season included a return to Arizona Opera in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor and her role and company debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare. She finishes the season with her company debut at Santa Fe Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.
In the 2011–2012 season, Ms. Oropesa made her Company and role debut with San Francisco Opera in Xerxes and was heard as Miranda in the new Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island at the Metropolitan Opera. She returned to the Munich’s Bavarian State Opera as Ismene in Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto, the role she sang in her company debut when the production premiered in the summer of 2011. She achieved great success when she joined Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony on short notice for Carmina Burana, and she made her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail).
Other international appearances include Konstanze at the Welsh National Opera, Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia and the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, as well as Nannetta at ABAO Opera Bilbao.
Ms. Oropesa is a 2008 graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2005. She has developed a strong relationship with the Met, including her major role debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro in 2007 to great acclaim. She has been heard in productions including Orfeo ed Euridice and Idomeneo, and the final performances of Otto Schenk’s Der Ring des Nibelungen as Woglinde and the Forest Bird. She has been heard in new productions at the Met including Iphigénie en Tauride and has been featured in many of the Met’s Live in HD broadcasts, including La Rondine (new production), Manon Lescaut, Hánsel und Gretel, Il Trittico (new production), The Enchanted Island (new production), and Das Rheingold (new production). Additionally, she has been heard in concert at the Met for the 125th Anniversary Gala, and with the Met Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in performances of Brahms’s Liebeslieder-Walzer with James Levine and Daniel Barenboim at the pianos.