"You do get better at even the things you're terrible at, if you practice." - Lisette Oropesa

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    Living the Classical LifeLiving the Classical Life

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    www.livingtheclassicallife.com/
    An increasingly formidable presence on the world's stages, soprano Lisette Oropesa was born in New Orleans to Cuban immigrant parents. At age 22 she sang her first major role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Susanna in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, and she recently triumphed as the Met’s new Manon and Violetta. One of the most celebrated singers of her generation, she is a devoted runner who was featured in Runner's World Magazine, and with her personal story of fitness continues to inspire in all areas of life. She joins us here at Living the Classical Life for a discussion of how she mentally prepares a role for performance, how she regards audience perception in an age of Instagram glossiness, how to sort rejection and criticism, and how she ultimately seeks to communicate a sense of wonder in life.
    Title cards:
    1. "Lisette Oropesa’s performance in Massenet’s opera at the Met is alone worth the price of admission." - New York Times
    Since graduating from the Met’s Lindemann Young Artists program, the soprano has had a meteoric career. In her debut in the Met’s new 2020 Traviata she emerged as “a major Violetta,” excelling again in a touchstone role.
    2. In 2019 Lisette won both the Beverly Sills Artist and Richard Tucker Awards. She maintains a popular blog advising young singers and is a devoted runner who has completed 6 marathons.
    3. Lisette Oropesa sings an excerpt from Manon, Act III Gavotte
    Production: Laurent Pelly
    Conductor: Maurizio Benini
    2019-20 season
    With thanks to Metropolitan Opera.

Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit

As a classical pianist, I cannot play my best unless I train as hard as a triathlete, in the gym that is. I run, walk, bike, swim when I can, and lift weights. And if I'm in good shape, I can do things like play Chopin Etudes, and the more difficult Beethoven Sonatas, Scriabin's difficult works, at full speed. When I don't train physically, my playing is disjointed crap. It's amazing the difference it makes.

Vor 15 Tage
Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

Thanks for sharing your experience, Peter Rabbit!

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Gianera John
Gianera John

I absolutely love her. She’s smart and you can see she is studious and I hope she stays that way. You can see her growth both as a singer and as an artist. She has a lot of taste and respect of style which is rare nowadays. I wish she would find a more free approach to high notes, I am honestly scared that her instrument will be damaged by the larynx tension. I would love to follow her growth in a long and steady career.

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Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

Thanks for watching, Gianera John, and for your thoughtful comments!

Vor 16 Tage
Edward Ruane
Edward Ruane

Lisette is a real gem of a person.

Vor 2 Monate
a1an
a1an

Zsolt is the perfect host.

Vor 2 Monate
Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

We agree, but we're biased. Thank you for saying so, a1an!

Vor 2 Monate
lungdoc
lungdoc

Rare case of a great talent with an intelligence to match it!

Vor 6 Monate
Arina Lernik
Arina Lernik

She is such a wonderful artist and a beautiful person! I am going to go and binge all of the videos on her channel )

Vor 6 Monate
Feyza flute
Feyza flute

What an inspiring human being! Thanks for the interview!

Vor 6 Monate
Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

Thanks for watching, Feyza flute!

Vor 6 Monate
Daniela Ruth Stoll
Daniela Ruth Stoll

Dear Lisette, what you are saying about the mountains and feelings really small, looking at the world instead of being looked at moved me deeply. (35:09 and following)

Vor 6 Monate
ZugundbIr
ZugundbIr

Красивая женщина и великолепный исполнитель. Я влюбился. Преклоняю колено. )

Vor 7 Monate
patrick walsh
patrick walsh

Everyone can learn some important life lessons from Lisette. Should be a class all by itself. Well done and well said.

Vor 8 Monate
Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

Thanks for watching, patrick walsh!

Vor 8 Monate
Ellen Wu
Ellen Wu

Thank you for having such good interview programs. I’m enjoying these interviews so much!

Vor 8 Monate
Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

Thanks for letting us know, Ellen Wu!

Vor 8 Monate
Jack Atherton
Jack Atherton

Lisette reminds me so much of the remarkable Cuban-Americans my wife and I met when we moved for a time to Miami: down-to-earth, funny, goal oriented, charismatic. They built that city and Lisette has built a wonderful career.

Vor 9 Monate
Valentina Jerenec
Valentina Jerenec

Listening to Lisette is like therapy. Thank you for being open and smart and just a beautiful human being

Vor 9 Monate
Charlie Kim
Charlie Kim

Lisette, you are a jewel of humanity. I hope you will still be active on net (or whatever future media) when my (4-yr-old) grand-daughter becomes a teen. I wish I could steer her to your operas and talks to learn what makes a person good and desirable.

Vor 10 Monate
agnes chu
agnes chu

Love her so much. Lisetta Oropesa is so inspiring and amazing ❤️💗🎶🌹🌷🍓

Vor 11 Monate
william kauffman
william kauffman

she is very self aware

Vor 11 Monate
Zsolt Bognar
Zsolt Bognar

Thank you for watching!

Vor 11 Monate
Rachel Cooper
Rachel Cooper

Hard to imagine that she was “obese” I totally agree with her about perception and beauty..

Vor year
glenngouldification
glenngouldification

Grapefruit diet success story !

Vor 16 Tage
Rachel Cooper
Rachel Cooper

You are welcome. I have watched many episodes. I love Living the Classical Life!

Vor 10 Monate
Zsolt Bognar
Zsolt Bognar

Thank you for watching!

Vor 11 Monate
Asher Rubenstein
Asher Rubenstein

Fantastic show! Do you know if this might ever be available as a podcast on Spotify/Apple?

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Zsolt Bognar
Zsolt Bognar

Thank you for watching! We're indeed working on it!

Vor 11 Monate
Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

Funny you should ask, Asher Rubenstein! Despite our tiny budget, we are trying to put together a podcast version of the series. It would be great if you or anyone else could contribute, at https://www.livingtheclassicallife.com/. Thanks so much for watching!

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Therese Franziska Glaubitz
Therese Franziska Glaubitz

Such a great interview!!the last answer is so touching...i understand it so well...great Singer and great Person!!!

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Zsolt Bognar
Zsolt Bognar

Thank you for watching!

Vor 11 Monate
Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

Thank you for watching and commenting, Therese Franziska Glaubitz!

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OperaLover84
OperaLover84

Could listen to Lisette for hours. Thank you for doing this episode :)

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Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

Thanks so much for watching, OperaLover84!

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Stephen Iosefa
Stephen Iosefa

So SO incredibly refreshing!! Really a breath of fresh air in the sometimes annoyingly haughty stale opera community. How encouraging! And with pipes that could literally out-sing any heffer in any opera house/concert hall today. Come thru humility!!!

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ciociosan
ciociosan

Marvelous interview!

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Heidi’s House
Heidi’s House

I started following, appreciating, and being in awe of this women about 4 years ago. I try to learn from as many people as I can, all artists, musicians, and voice types and incorporate the gifts they offer through these interviews and performances. Lisette is very special beyond her gift of voice. She is like an “old soul” and she teaches so much through her foundations in habit and skill sets. It doesn’t matter what you do whether it’s performing, running, or walking the dog 😂 if you have strong habits and skill sets you can be successful and find gratitude in what you achieve and do in this life. Thank you for your gifts and sharing them with the world. Oxoxo

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Di R
Di R

This is more an interview about life and human matters around music! Thank you! Because music is beautiful, being a musician/singer is beautiful but it is only a part of life and our processes as human beings! Thank you for your very smart and insightful sharing, Lisette!

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ficus picus
ficus picus

Lisette, I love, you! ❤️

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A Hagen
A Hagen

Wonderful interview. Lisette Oropesa is indeed one of the best young Opera singer from this new generation in our times. Way to go.

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littledivasings
littledivasings

Loved this.

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KaleidoscopeAct
KaleidoscopeAct

What if you practice the wrong things? Then you get even worse. Practice is a double edged sword.

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Chuck Garrido
Chuck Garrido

@Lisette Oropesa You may be a good singer but as an understanding voice teacher? You are a snob! Don't ever dismiss a potential student's concerns about damaging their voice. Wow you are selfish. Why not explain instead of being aloof and curt. Boooo

Vor 3 Monate
Jasminio Kang
Jasminio Kang

Lisette Oropesa I love this re-reply.

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Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

KaleidoscopeAct ok so stop practicing and you’ll have a dull sword

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Irys1997
Irys1997

My hero.

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Oudtshoornify
Oudtshoornify

Thank you. Remarkable person. Lovely sense of humour about herself.

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Jerome Careglio
Jerome Careglio

Lisette restera une artiste importante pour sa génération. C’est une chance de l’avoir. 👌

Vor year
pianistalatina
pianistalatina

As always, such a delight to watch these interviews! This one was a gem, so very enjoyable!!

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Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

Thanks for letting us know, pianistalatina!

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Philip Cresswell
Philip Cresswell

What an interesting woman!

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Ana Cvetkovic
Ana Cvetkovic

Thank You Lisette ❤️ wonderful interview!

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Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

Thanks for watching, Ana Cvetkovic!

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Katrca
Katrca

This speaks to me in so many ways! Thank you!

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Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

We're glad! Thanks for watching, Katrca55!

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Stefania Puskas
Stefania Puskas

She is a wonderful singer and a delightful person.

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Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

We agree!

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Dave Glo
Dave Glo

I’ve seen her onstage as Manon and Traviata. Very impressive.

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Jeremiah D Davis
Jeremiah D Davis

What a delightful interview! You are sooo INFJ!

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Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

@Jeremiah D Davis You're a lucky person!

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Jeremiah D Davis
Jeremiah D Davis

@Living the Classical Life Total Compliment! Lisette is my best friend.

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Living the Classical Life
Living the Classical Life

We hope that's a compliment! Thanks for watching, Jeremiah D Davis!

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David Simmons
David Simmons

We love you Lisette!!!!!

Vor year
Tariq Khan
Tariq Khan

fabulous voice!!

Vor year

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