Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Lisette Oropesa's recent Traviata recording

As Violetta at Opera di Roma
Photo:  Fabrizio Sansoni/TOR
I have never made any secret about my immense fondness and admiration for the artistry of Lisette Oropesa. I have written about her many times in these pages, including one lovely interview she graciously granted me.  

I first heard dear Lisette when she was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera. At the Met, she became known for singing high, light roles like Nanetta in Falstaff and Sophie in Werther. Not surprising considering the size of the Met's performance space. At the same time she was learning and coaching the Violettas and Lucias for which she is now known for her amazing performances in more realistically sized theatres in Europe. I was privileged to be in attendance in Philadelphia at what I believe was her first production of La Traviata. I was amazed.

I was provided with the recent recording of La Traviata with Lisette as Violetta, René Barbera as Alfredo, and Lester Lynch as the elder Germont. The orchestra was the Dresdner Philharmonie under conductor Daniel Oren. I must beg the forgiveness of one and all for how long it has taken me to write this report.

Wearing a gift made by me
Pattern:  Dana Macleod/
Creatively Created Crochet

As usual, one is amazed and the seemingly flawless vocal technique of Ms. Oropesa, her beautiful sound throughout her wide range, and her artistry. She knows these roles inside anf out, because she knows the language. I have no idea with how many languages Lisette is fluent, but we know that Italian is one of them,  This is much more than beautiful singing--this is beautiful vocal acting.

With the other principals I am quite pleased as well. "Lunge da lei per me no va diletto (away from her for me there is no pleasure) really means something to Alfredo. 

Would I recommend this recording? Absolutely and without reservation. Well worth a listen and any purchase price.

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