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.
“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
|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 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.
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”