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Vocal Arts DC
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Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC

Soprano Lisette Oropesa has been hailed as one of the most exciting and magnetic singers of her generation.

This season Ms. Oropesa made her debuts at the Washington National Opera as both Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Marie in La fille du régiment and at Opéra Lausanne as Ophélie in Hamlet. She also returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Konstanza and the Netherlands Opera as Gilda, and appeared in concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and in recital at the Kennedy Center. This summer she makes her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Norina in Don Pasquale, and next season she returns to the Metropolitan Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, and makes her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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, Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas at the L.A. Opera, Marie in La Fille du régiment and Konstanze at the Pittsburgh Opera, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with the Michigan Opera Theatre, and Susanna and Leïla in The Pearl Fishers at the New Orleans Opera. In Europe, she has appeared at the Opéra National de Paris and the Welsh National Opera as Konstanz, the Bayerische Staatsoper as Ismene in Mitridate, re di Ponto and Hébé and Zima in a new production of Les Indes Galantes, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Teatro Real in Madrid as Gilda, the Netherlands Opera and the ABAO Opera Bilbao as Nannetta, and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia.

In concert, Ms. Oropesa has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Concertgebouw 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 and made her New York recital debut at the Park Avenue Armory.

A first generation Cuban-American, Ms. Oropesa was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated from the LSU School of Music at Louisiana State University. She is an alumna of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Program and her many awards include 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.

Vlad Iftinca, piano, is currently part of the 2016-2017 Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor roster in New York City. Between 2007-2014, he held the position of staff coach in the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. Born in Romania, he received his education at the Reina So a School of Music in Madrid and the The Juilliard School. As a conductor he has led performances at the Frankfurt Oper, TriCities Opera, Romanian National Opera of Iasi and the Opera on the Avalon Festival, among others. Mr. Iftinca has collaborated in recital with distinguished artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, Hei Kyung Hong, Luca Pisaroni, Joan Rodgers, Isabel Leonard and Elza van der Heever. Concert venues include Frankfurt Oper, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Max Joseph Saal in Munich, Palau des Arts in Valencia, Soirées Musicales d'Arles in France, Beijing Music Festival, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall "Great Singers" Recital Series, Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles Opera, the Seoul Performing Arts Center, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the "Virtuoso Series" in Salt Lake City, and the Ravinia Festival's recital series. At the Metropolitan Opera he has assisted conductors such as James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Maurizio Benini, David Robertson and Marco Armiliato. Future conducting engagements include Lucia di Lammermoor at Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, La Bohème at TriCities Opera, La Cenerentola at Frankfurt Oper and Gianni Schicchi in Mexico City. In recitals he will be seen in Switzerland and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC accompanying Erin Morley and Lisette Oropesa.

"Oropesa manifested secure technical chops-trills, staccati, pinpoint dynamics and-most impressively, a long, sustained line that allowed her to hold the audience breathless...Her quicksilver tone aptly combined appealing girlish purity with lightly charged sensuality."

David Shengold , Opera News

Ms. Oropesa's recital is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Yolanda Oertel, MD.

Photo of Lisette Oropesa by Matthew Murphy.
Photo of Vlad Iftinca by J & J Photography.


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