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Lisette Oropesa



Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor).

Oropesa grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and initially trained as a flautist before studying voice at Louisiana State University. She was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions grand finals and subsequently became a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Since leaving the Program in 2008 she has returned to the Metropolitan Opera in roles including Nannetta (Falstaff), Sophie (Werther), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Gilda (Rigoletto). Engagements elsewhere include Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Bavarian State Opera and Paris Opéra, Norina (Don Pasquale) for Glyndebourne Festival, Ophélie (Hamlet) in Lausanne, Susanna and Marie (La Fille du régiment) for Washington National Opera, Romilda (Serse) and Susanna for San Francisco Opera, Gilda for Rome Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Dutch National Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Violetta (La traviata) for Opera Philadelphia and Rosalba (Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas) for Los Angeles Opera.

Oropesa’s concert appearances include Carmina Burana with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra, performances with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Philadelphia Orchestra and Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer at Weill Hall with James Levine and Daniel Barenboim.

News and features

Why Lucia di Lammermoor is one of opera's most challenging roles

3 November 2017
Why Lucia di Lammermoor is one of opera's most challenging roles

Soprano Lisette Oropesa explores the vocal challenges of Donizetti's tragic masterpiece.

Your Reaction: What did you think of Lucia di Lammermoor 2017?

31 October 2017
Your Reaction: What did you think of <em>Lucia di Lammermoor</em> 2017?

Audience reactions and press reviews to Katie Mitchell's production of Donizetti's opera.