August 10, 2020

Lisette Oropesa and Il pomo d’oro team up for her debut solo album featuring Mozart aria

PENTATONE is delighted to share with you that after more than a decade of acclaimed performances on the world’s leading operatic stages, soprano Lisette Oropesa signs a 5-year deal with the San Francisco Classical Recording Company (SFCRC). This collaboration comprises several projects that will be exclusively released on PENTATONE, starting with her solo album debut: a recording of Mozart Concert Arias with the ensemble Il pomo d’oro, conducted by Antonello Manacorda.

This release is the first orchestral recital album for the acclaimed soprano, who for 15 years has been building a career that has brought her to the forefront of the operatic world. In leading roles such as La traviataManonLucia di Lammermoor, and others, Lisette has appeared on some of the world’s most important operatic stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and The Royal Opera HouseCovent Garden. Her repertoire spans from Handel and Mozart, to Bel Canto, Verdi, and the great French composers.

Quote from Lisette Oropesa

“Mozart is my foundation. As a young musician, I grew up studying the flute, and fell in love with the Mozart style when learning the various concertos. Now as a soprano, I still feel the impulse to bring my instrumental training to the voice when I interpret the music of Mozart or any other composer,”

Quote from Job Maarse, SFCRC’s Managing Director and Recording Producer

“I had followed Lisette’s career for quite a while. But when I heard her sing La traviata at the Met I was completely overwhelmed and simply had to ask her if she would be interested in signing with SFCRC. Our Mozart recording is a wonderful opportunity to show off her incredible voice, her brilliant technique and her passion for her work. Antonello Manacorda and Il pomo d’oro are the perfect partners for this dynamic Mozart Concert Arias recording. I am already very much looking forward to future projects with Lisette.”Quote from Renaud Loranger, Vice President Artists and Repertoire, PENTATONE“Lisette Oropesa is simply one of the finest singers, one of the most extraordinary artists active today. We are absolutely thrilled to launch this collaboration. It is an optimistic, hopeful signal in a challenging time. We are also very happy to be able to develop Lisette’s discography in close collaboration with Job Maarse and San Francisco Classical Recording Company.

Italian-French conductor Antonello Manacorda is a former violinist and concert master, whose career has taken him to the world’s major opera houses as well as the podiums of leading symphony orchestras. A gifted Mozart interpreter, Manacorda is also set to conduct Lisette in her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper, where she will sing Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Manacorda says,“I was already looking forward to the Entführung in Vienna with Lisette but when the opportunity of recording concert arias came I was totally overwhelmed. I have followed Lisette’s voice for a long time because I’m fascinated by the rather dark timbre of a voice that has such a big range. In our days it’s rare to hear a singer that has such a specific sound and drive. Mozart’s Concert Arias are a big tour de force. They are all “mini-operas” which have to be staged without a director and in this case without the visual part. Lisette is the IDEAL interpreter of these jewels!”


Lisette Oropesa is one of the most in demand lyric coloraturas today, who has triumphed in various roles throughout the most important houses in Europe and the US. A bel canto singer of considerable acclaim, Lisette had a major success recently at Covent Garden and the Teatro Real Madrid as LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. She appears regularly in major theatres all around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Opéra National de Paris, and is set to make several more important debuts in the coming seasons. Known for her liquid legato and seamless voice, stylistic integrity, precise coloratura, and superlative acting, Lisette excels in the repertoire of the bel canto, Mozart, and French composers. Her upcoming season includes exciting role and house debuts, concerts, and welcome returns to many beloved theatres. Lisette was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Cuban parents, and played the flute for 12 years before she began her studies in vocal performance at Louisiana State University. After winning the Met Opera National Council Auditions, she entered the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and moved to New York City. She sang her first major role, Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, at the Met at the age of 22, and has sung there in over 100 performances in many different roles since. She has appeared in concert halls and opera stages all over the world since graduating from the young artist program in 2008, and has become one of the most celebrated singers of her generation, both for her singing and her inspiring personal story. Lisette is a devoted runner who has completed 6 marathons and is an advocate for health and fitness.

Photo by Jason Homa