7 May 2019
|Soprano Lisette Oropesa, winner of the 2019 Beverly Sills Artist Award
Jonathan Tichler/Met Opera
L ESS THAN A MONTH after being named as the winner of the 2019 Richard Tucker Award, soprano Lisette Oropesa has been named as the recipient of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 Beverly Sills Artist Award, the company announced today.
The $50,000 prize, which is annually given to an extraordinarily gifted young singer with a rising Met career, is bestowed each year in honor of the American soprano Beverly Sills and was endowed in 2006 with a gift from the late Agnes Varis, a managing director on the Met’s Board. The award is intended to help further the careers of rising stars by providing financial support for vocal coaching, language study, travel costs and other professional expenses.
“I am tremendously grateful to be named this year’s recipient of the Beverly Sills Artist Award,” said Oropesa, who next season sings the title role in Met performances of Massenet’s Manon as well as Violetta in Verdi’s Traviata. “This award honors one of the great American icons of opera. Growing up, I idolized Beverly Sills for her lovable personality, her unmatched stage presence, and her extraordinary singing. I have the privilege of performing two of her most distinguished roles next season at the Met—may her inspiration live on for many more years to come.”
Previous winners of the Sills Artist Award include baritone Nathan Gunn (2006), mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (2007), tenor Matthew Polenzani (2008), bass John Relyea (2009), soprano Susanna Phillips (2010), mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (2011), soprano Angela Meade (2012), tenor Bryan Hymel (2013), tenor Michael Fabiano (2014), baritone Quinn Kelsey (2015), soprano Ailyn Pérez (2016), mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton (2017), and soprano Nadine Sierra (2018).
Oropesa was a winner at the 2005 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and subsequently spent three seasons in the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Her debut with the Met came in 2006 when she sang a Woman of Crete in Met performances of Idomeneo; the soprano made her professional debut in a principal role with an October 2007 Met performances of Nozze di Figaro where she sang Susanna. Since then, Oropesa has sung in more than 100 performances with the Met in roles that include Figaro’s Susanna, Gilda in Rigoletto, Nannetta in Falstaff, Sophie in Werther, the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel, and Woglinde and the Woodbird in Wagner’s Der Ring.
Oropesa has also appeared at American companies that include San Francisco Opera, LA Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Washington National Opera; in Europe, she has performed with the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Paris Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Teatro Real Madrid and Netherlands Opera in Europe.
This season at Paris Opera, Oropesa has sung the roles of Adina in Elisir d’Amore and Marguerite de Valois in the company’s new production of Les Huguenots. She also sang Gilda in a new Rome Opera Rigoletto, took on the title role in Rodelinda performances at Barcelona’s Liceu, and sang Isabelle in Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable at La Monnaie in Brussels. After Robert le Diable, she travels to Pittsburgh for performances of Don Pasquale and then heads to Milan for La Scala’s a new production of I Masnadieri. This summer, Oropesa sings the role of Violetta in performances of Traviata in Athens and Verona.
Oropesa appears on the cover of the June 2019 issue of OPERA NEWS.
More information can be found at the Metropolitan Opera.