Lucia Cesaroni

Soprano

Canadian Citizen

*Canada and Europe

Italian-Canadian soprano Lucia Cesaroni has been attracting the attention of discerning audiences and critics from Vancouver to la bell’Italia in recital, concert and opera. She was at the Snape Maltings for an Aldeburgh Alumni Recital with Steuart Bedford and has been a fellow at the Ravinia Art Song Institute. Embracing a wide range of repertoire, Ms. Cesaroni debuted with Vancouver Opera as Maria in West Side Story and played Norina in Saskatoon Opera`s Don Pasquale. She has also been heard with the Montreal and Victoria symphonies in Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Hamilton Philharmonic, with Symphony Nova Scotia in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and in recital with the Aldeburgh Connection.

During the 2016/2017 season, Ms. Cesaroni sang Musetta in La bohème with l’Opéra de Montréal, and returned to Spoleto Festival for their 60th anniversary performing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni under Maestro James Conlon. In the 2017/2018 season, she will perform the role in both Ravenna and Novara under the auspices of the Spoleto Festival. As well, Ms. Cesaroni will debut the role of Eleonora in Donizetti’s L’Assedio di Calais with Odyssey Opera and reappear with Pacific Opera Victoria making her role debut as Mimì in La bohème.

Recent and past credits include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro for the Spoleto Festival, Woglinde in Das Rheingold for Pacific Opera Victoria, the title role in the World Premiere of the Togni/Singer opera Isis and Osiris and Carmina Burana for Chorus Niagara. Previously, Ms. Cesaroni was featured by Opera Hamilton as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and as Adele in Die Fledermaus and Julia in Der Vetter aus Dingsda for Toronto Operetta Theatre and with the Kingston Symphony for an opera highlights Gala evening.         

Further credits include Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Orchestra London, Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Pacific Opera Victoria, where “at the tender age of 26, Lucia Cesaroni sounded just like Anne: sweet, loyal, lyrical, and totally grounded in her sincerity”. During her year in Germany studying with Edith Wiens, she sang as soprano soloist in a fully staged European tour of Carmina Burana: Monumental Opera with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Symphoniker. She was in Tel Aviv with the International Vocal Arts Institute, where she sang Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Born in Toronto and holding a Masters Degree in Opera from the University of Toronto, she has attended the Britten-Pears Festival and Young Artists programme and received the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation’s Sutton Scholarship

August 2017                                                                                                                                           

 

 

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

 

“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.” [Voicebox Opera in Concert, world premiere of Isis and Osiris]

Opera Going Toronto, Ian Ritchie

 

“Cesaroni, who has a rich, sonorous voice, has an exuberance that is infectious.” [Vancouver Opera, West Side Story]

Victoria Time Colonist, Jessica Werb

 

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

Vancouver Courier, Jo Ledingham

 

“Lucia Cesaroni sang with passionate confidence, a lovely and true voice for Ann Trulove.”

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.”

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.” [Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress]

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.”

Norules-nolights, Brian Hay

WATCH

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”

NEWS

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In the 2018 season Lucia Cesaroni joins Pacific Opera Victoria making her role debut as Mimì in La Bohème.