Canadian & Italian Citizen
Italian-Canadian soprano Lucia Cesaroni had an exciting 2017-2018 season, debuting both soprano roles in La bohème: Mimì with Pacific Opera Victoria and 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. In her 2018-2019 season she will be heard in the title role of The Merry Widow for Vancouver Opera and Toronto Operetta Theatre and as Violetta in La traviata for Pacific Opera Victoria. Also on her schedule is Adina in L’elisir d’amore for Opera Chengu in China.
Cesaroni’s 2016-17 season included Micaëla in La tragédie 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, Opera di Ravenna, Teatro Coccia di Novara, Saskatoon Opera, 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, Liù in Turandot, Pamina and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Maria in West Side Story, 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, and 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 Master’s 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.
“…gifted soprano Lucia Cesaroni gives her a strength and sass that go a long way to making the silliness feel more modern. She’s also gifted with a warm, charismatic range, and turns the second-act favourite ‘Vilja Song,’ with the help of a mesmerizing chorus, into a lustrous gem.”
[The Merry Widow, Vancouver Opera] Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight
“…the merry widow herself, Lucia Cesaroni, was bold as brass and just as brilliant… shine she did as she gamely stole the show every chance she got.”
[The Merry Widow, Vancouver Opera] David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun
“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] Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist
“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] Patrick Dillon, Opera News Magazine
“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] Kevin Wells, Bachtrack.com
“Lucia Cesaroni, making her Odyssey debut, she was an elegant Madonna with a sensuous, plangent voice.”
[L’assedio di Calais, Odyssey Opera] Zoe Madonna, Boston Globe
“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] Ian Ritchie, Opera Going Toronto
“Cesaroni, who has a rich, sonorous voice, has an exuberance that is infectious.”
[West Side Story, Vancouver Opera] Jessica Werb, Victoria Time Colonist
“Their voices soar beautifully in ‘One Hand One Heart’ and individually in ‘Maria’ (Ainsworth) and ‘I Feel Pretty’ (Cesaroni).”
[West Side Story, Vancouver Opera] Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
“Lucia Cesaroni sang with passionate confidence, a lovely and true voice for Ann Trulove.”
[The Rake’s Progress, Pacific Opera Victoria] Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver
“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] Bernard Jacobson, Opera UK Magazine
“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] Kevin Bazzana, The Victoria Times Colonist
“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] Brian Hay, Norules-nolights
|Bernstein||Maria||WEST SIDE STORY|
|Leila||LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES|
|Britten||Lucia||THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA|
|Gounod||Juliette||ROMÉO ET JULIETTE|
|Janáček||Rooster||CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN|
|LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
|Strauss, J.||Adele||DIE FLEDERMAUS|
|Strauss, R.||Sophie||DER ROSENKAVALIER|
|Stravinsky||Anne Trulove||THE RAKE’S PROGRESS|
|Ginastera||Cantata para Americana Magica|
Mass in C minor
|Poulenc||La Dame de Monte Carlo|
|Schubert||Der Hird auf dem Felsen|
|Villa-Lobos||Bachianas brasileiras No. 5|
LA TRAVIATA WITH PACIFIC OPERA VICTORIA
Lucia joins Pacific Opera Victoria for La traviata as she sings the leading role of Violetta. Performances from February 14 to 24, 2019.
THE MERRY WIDOW WITH THE VANCOUVER OPERA
Lucia stars as Hanna in Vancouver Opera’s upcoming production of The Merry Widow. Tickets are on sale now for performances from October 20 to 28, 2018.
YOU’RE WELCOME, ROSSINI AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY
Soprano Lucia Cesaroni and mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy presented a witty and fun program of works celebrating six historic vocal divas often associated with Gioachino Rossini and his operas. Performance was on Sunday March 18, 2018.
LA BOHÈME 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.
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
“Ch’il bel sogno di Doretto” from La rondine
“E strano…Ah fors’e lui…sempre libera” from La traviata