Lucia Cesaroni

Soprano

Lucia Cesaroni

Soprano

 Canadian & Italian Citizen

Italian-Canadian soprano Lucia Cesaroni has had an exciting year, debuting both soprano roles in La bohème, as Mimi with Pacific Opera Victoria and as Musetta with L’Opéra de Montréal. Her Mimì “was sinuous and seductive. Cesaroni has a gift for projecting movement beyond the footlights and revealed a voice that is smooth, lush and velvety” (Times Colonist). In between Puccini heroines, she sang Eleonora in Donizetti’s rarely performed L’Assedio di Calais with Boston’s Odyssey Opera.

Cesaroni’s 2016-17 season included Micaëla in La tragedie de Carmen with the Bay Chamber Concert Series in Maine as well as her Italian debut in Le nozze di Figaro at the renowned Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi as Mozart’s heroine Susanna, under the baton of James Conlon. She was immediately invited back and sang Donna Anna in a new production of Don Giovanni (also conducted by Conlon) in 2017.

Ms. Cesaroni has been featured with the Royal Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Victoria Symphony, L’Opéra de Montréal, Opera di Ravenna, Teatro Coccia di Novara, Saskatoon Opera, Vancouver Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre and VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, where she created the role of Isis in the world premiere of ISIS AND OSIRIS by Togni/Singer.

Hailed by the Globe and Mail’s Robert Harris for her “beautiful, powerful voice [ably] capturing a large emotional range with great success”, her roles include Woglinde in Das Rheingold Liu in Turandot, Violetta in La traviata, Pamina and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Maria in West Side Story, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, Mimi in La bohème, Gilda in Rigoletto, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Norina in Don Pasquale, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and Yum-Yum in The Mikado. As a concert artist, she has been heard in Carmina Burana, Messiah as well as in recital with Rachel Andrist and Allyson McHardy in their programme celebrating 19th Century Bel Canto stars, You’re Welcome, Rossini.

Born in Toronto and holding a Masters Degree in Opera from the University of Toronto, she is an Alumna of the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Britten-Pears Festival and Young Artists programme. Upcoming credits include the title role in Vancouver Opera’s The Merry Widow and Violetta in La traviata Pacific Opera Victoria.

April 2018

REVIEWS

“Cesaroni proves herself both a fine singer and actor. Her Mimi (or at least, her healthy Mimi) was sinuous and seductive. Cesaroni has an expressive face and a gift for projecting movement beyond the footlights. Her rendition of They Call Me Mimi revealed a voice that is smooth, lush and velvety.” La Bohème, Pacific Opera Victoria
Times Colonist, Adrian Chamberlain 

“Lucia Cesaroni – sang stylishly with a bright, vibrant sound that didn’t exclude color or depth. She brought out the best in her on-stage husband.” L’assedio di Calais, Odyssey Opera
Opera News Magazine, Patrick Dillon

“Lucia Cesaroni’s mellow, amber timbre gives a high mezzo tint to her lower and middle voice and a firm foundation for the secure soprano extension which grows out of it, organic and not tacked on. When she blended with the polished onyx of Magda Gartner’s Aurelio for Act 2’s “Io l’udi a chiamarmi” a nome with its elaborate cadenza, the timbres married like the characters they embodied.”
L’assedio di Calais, Odyssey Opera
Bachtrack.com, Kevin Wells

“Lucia Cesaroni, making her Odyssey debut, she was an elegant Madonna with a sensuous, plangent voice.”
– L’assedio di Calais, Odyssey Opera
Boston Globe, Zoe Madonna 

“Featured in the opera’s demanding lead role, rising soprano Lucia Cesaroni created an Isis of immense strength and compassion, singing with exquisite artistry, clear, gleaming and vibrant. Wise pharaoh, caring wife, this was a goddess depicted, not as idealized grandiose deity, but rather on intimate, human terms, a bringer of light, a woman of courage. Cesaroni’s achingly lovely contribution to Togni’s gentle Act I love duet, My king we are power, you and I, her husband prophetically cradled in her arms reminiscent of a Pietà, voice shimmering and translucent, was the unquestionable highlight of the production.”
Isis and Osiris (world premier), Voicebox Opera in Concert
Opera Going Toronto, Ian Ritchie

“Cesaroni, who has a rich, sonorous voice, has an exuberance that is infectious.” West Side Story, Vancouver Opera
Victoria Time Colonist, Jessica Werb

“Their voices soar beautifully in “One Hand One Heart” and individually in “Maria” (Ainsworth) and “I Feel Pretty” (Cesaroni).”
West Side Story, Vancouver Opera
Vancouver Courier, Jo Ledingham

“Lucia Cesaroni sang with passionate confidence, a lovely and true voice for Ann Trulove.”
The Rake’s Progress, Pacific Opera Victoria
Review Vancouver, Elizabeth Paterson

“At the tender age of 26, and less than two years out of her schooling, Lucia Cesaroni looked and sounded just like Anne Trulove as Stravinsky and his librettists W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman must have conceived her – sweet, loyal, lyrical and totally grounded in her sincerity and seriousness.” The Rake’s Progress, Pacific Opera Victoria
Opera UK Magazine, Bernard Jacobson

“As the story unfolds, the richness of Cesaroni’s voice pays dramatic dividends, underscoring Anne’s depth and passion and growth as a person. The strength of Anne’s resolve is made palpable in a commanding account of her cabaletta in Chapter 3, which culminates in a hall-filling high C.” The Rake’s Progress, Pacific Opera Victoria
The Victoria Times Colonist, Kevin Bazzana

“Lucia Cesaroni is a stunning Cleopatra. Her voice has just enough wildness to lift the impulsive nature of the youthful character to that intangible level that separates good from great.” Giulio Cesarei, Orchestra London
Norules-nolights, Brian Hay

 

 

 

OPERA

 

Bernstein Maria WEST SIDE STORY
Bellini Amina LA SONNAMBULA
Bizet Michaëla CARMEN
  Leila LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES
Britten Lucia THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA
Donizetti Adina L’ELISIR D’AMORE
  Norina DON PASQUALE
Gounod Juliette ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
Handel Cleopatra
Ginevra
GIULIO CESARE
ARIODANTE
Janáček Rooster CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
Menotti Lucy THE TELEPHONE
Mozart Zerlina DON GIOVANNI
  Susanna
Erste Dame/Pamina
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Puccini Mimi/Musetta LA BOHÈME
  Magda LA RONDINE
  Lauretta
Suor Genovieffa
GIANNI SCHICCHI
SUOR ANGELICA
  Liu TURANDOT
Strauss, J. Adele DIE FLEDERMAUS
Strauss, R. Sophie DER ROSENKAVALIER
Stravinsky Anne Trulove THE RAKE’S PROGRESS
Verdi Saceradotessa AÏDA
  Nannetta FALSTAFF
  Gilda RIGOLETTO
  Violetta LA TRAVIATA

 

 

CONCERT

 

Bruckner Te Deum
Ginastera Cantata para Americana Magica
Handel Messiah
Mendelssohn Lobgesang
Mozart Exultate Jubilate
Mass in C minor
Orff Carmina Burana
Poulenc La Dame de Monte Carlo
Rossini Stabat Mater
Schubert Der Hird auf dem Felsen
Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No. 5
Vivaldi Gloria

 

NEWS


LA BOHEME AT PACIFIC OPERA VICTORIA
Lucia Cesaroni joins Pacific Opera Victoria making her role debut as Mimì in La Bohème. Performances run February 15 – 25, 2018 at the Royal Theatre, Victoria. pov.bc.ca

DON GIOVANNI IN RAVENNA AND NOVARA
Soprano Lucia Cesaroni sings the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Teatro Coccia in Novara on December 15 & 17, 2017 and at the Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna on January 12 & 14, 2018.

WATCH

Preview of L’Assedio di Calais with Odyssey Opera Boston, 2017

Non mi dir from “Don Giovanni” at Spoleto Festival 2017

Deh, vieni non tardar from “Le nozze di Figaro” at Spoleto Festival 2016,

Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante from “Carmen”

Ch’il bel sogno di Doretto from “La rondine”

E strano…Ah fors’e lui…sempre libera from “La Traviata”

Si, mi chiamano Mimi from “La bohème”