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Lucia Cesaroni

Performance

Of Lucia Cesaroni’s recent debut as Mimì in La bohème for Pacific Opera Victoria, the Times Colonist wrote: “sinuous and seductive, projecting movement beyond the footlights and revealing a voice that is smooth, lush and velvety”. The Italian-Canadian soprano’s recent and upcoming projects include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for Italy’s Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte for Vancouver Opera, Mathilde in Rossini’s Elisabetta with Boston’s Odyssey Opera, Mimi in La bohème with North Carolina Opera and Hisaishi’s East Land Symphony with the Toronto and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. 

Recent engagements include In Concert with Andrea Bocelli at the Columbus Citizen’s Foundation in New York, Violetta in La traviata for Pacific Opera Victoria, the title role in The Merry Widow for Vancouver Opera, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at The Spoleto Festival, Teatro Alighieri di Ravenna and Teatro Coccia di Novara. As well, she has appeared as Eleonora in Donizetti’s L’Assedio di Calais with Odyssey Opera in Boston, as Musetta in La bohème with l’Opéra de Montréal and as Maria in West Side Story for Vancouver Opera.  

Further credits include 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. 

Ms. Cesaroni has been featured with the Royal Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Victoria Symphony, 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 in Die Zauberflöte, Gilda in Rigoletto, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Marguerite in Faust, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, Norina in Don Pasquale, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare. 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 raised between Canada and Raiano (AQ) in Abruzzo, Lucia holds a Master’s Degree in Opera from the University of Toronto, and is an Alumna of the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Britten-Pears Festival Young Artists programme. 

As a result of COVID-19, a special virtual concert by Krisztina Szabó and Christopher Foley on March 21 will replace Songbook X performances.