her coloratura at once dazzling and expressive…

– Gramophone

At the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Generously underwritten by John G. Turner & Jerry G. Fischer

December 1, 2023, 7:30 PM

Conductor – Joseph Colaneri
The Jerry W. Zachary and Henry Bernstein Maestro Chair


Lisette Oropesa, soprano
Ashley Dixon, mezzo-soprano
Carlos Enrique Santelli, tenor
Blake Denson, baritone

With The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Lisette Oropesa is one of the most in-demand lyric coloraturas today, who performs leading roles regularly at the most important opera houses around the world.

In planning this concert, Lisette is continuing her commitment to the next generation of opera stars who are discovered through the Metropolitan Opera’s Laffont National Council Auditions, which was the competition that was instrumental in jumpstarting her career and “changing her life forever.”  As the host of the 2020 Grand Finals, she made a financial commitment to support prize money for winners, and she has made that same commitment to advancement today by inviting recent winners to join her onstage in New Orleans for this concert.

Meet the Artists

Lisette Oropesa


Ashley Dixon


Carlos Enrique Santelli


Blake Denson


Joseph Colaneri


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