A bel canto singer of considerable acclaim, Lisette had a major success recently at Covent Garden and the Teatro Real Madrid as Lucia di Lammermoor. She appears regularly in major theatres all around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Opéra National de Paris, and is set to make several more important debuts in the coming seasons. Known for her liquid legato and seamless voice, stylistic integrity, precise coloratura, and superlative acting, Lisette excels in the repertoire of the bel canto, Mozart, and French composers. Her upcoming season includes exciting role and house debuts, concerts, and welcome returns to many beloved theatres.
Lisette was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Cuban parents, and played the flute for 12 years before she began her studies in vocal performance at Louisiana State University. After winning the Met Opera National Council Auditions, she entered the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and moved to New York City. She sang her first major role, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, at the Met at the age of 22, and has sung there in over 100 performances in many different roles since. She has appeared in concert halls and opera stages all over the world since graduating from the young artist program in 2008, and has become one of the most celebrated singers of her generation, both for her singing and her inspiring personal story. Lisette is a devoted runner who has completed 6 marathons and is an advocate for health and fitness.
After her smashing success as Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Real, Madrid, Lisette heads to Italy this summer to debut in Adina at the Rossini Opera Festival, and give a solo concert with orchestra. She then makes her debut at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice as Violetta La Traviata , and sings at the Arena di Verona for their Verdi Opera Night. In the fall, she heads to the Opéra National de Paris to make her role debut as Adina in L'elisir d'Amore, and returns to the Rome Opera as Gilda in a new production of Rigoletto.
In the spring, Lisette makes her role and house debut at the Liceu Opera in Barcelona in a new production of Handel's Rodelinda, in the title role. Another exciting debut then follows, as Lisette performs in concert the role of Isabelle in Meyerbeer's Robert Le Diable at La Monnaie in Brussels. She then returns to Pittsburgh Opera to sing Norina in Don Pasquale, and then to the Santa Fe Opera, to sing Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles.