Lucia Cesaroni - Soprano

Lucia Cesaroni, Soprano

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Represented in Canada and Europe by Dean Artists Management)

Italian-Canadian Soprano Lucia Cesaroni recently made her Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi debut with Maestro James Conlon as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. She will reprise the role at Teatro Coccia di Novara in 2017 and Teatro Alighieri di Ravenna in 2018. Lucia has appeared with The Steans Institute at The Ravinia Festival, The Royal Philharmonic, The Victoria Symphony, The Montreal Symphony, Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Kingston Symphony, The Aldeburgh Festival in England, Off-Centre Music Salon at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera 5 and L’Opéra de Montréal.

Lucia’s roles include Maria in West Side Story, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, both Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, Micaela in Carmen, Gilda in Rigoletto, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Liu in Turandot, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Woglinde in Das Rheingold. Recently, Lucia sang the title role of Isis and Osiris for its World Premiere with Voicebox: Opera in Concert in Toronto.

Upcoming appearances include Micaela in La Tragédie de Carmen with the Bay Chamber Concert Series in Maine and Musetta in La Bohème with L’Opéra de Montréal. Next season, Lucia will sing Erste Dame in Die Zauberfloete with Rete Lirica delle Marche in Italy, and return to Spoleto for their 60th Anniversary season to sing the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for the first time.

Opera Repertoire

Composer Opera Role
Bernstein Maria West Side Story
Bellini Amina La Sonnambula
Bizet Micaela Carmen
Bizet Leila Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Britten Lucia The Rape of Lucretia
Donizetti Norina * Don Pasquale
Donizetti Adina * L'Elisir d'Amore
Gounod Juliette Roméo et Juliette
Handel Ginevra Ariodante
Handel Cleopatra Giulio Cesare
Menotti Lucy The Telephone
Mozart Donna Anna, Zerlina Don Giovanni
Mozart Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro
Mozart Pamina, Die Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte
Puccini Mimi, Musetta La bohème
Puccini Lauretta Gianni Schicchi
Puccini Magda La Rondine
Puccini Suor Genovieffa Suor Angelica
Puccini Liu Turandot
R. Strauss Sophie Der Rosenkavalier
Stravinsky Anne Trulove The Rake's Progress
Verdi Nanetta Falstaff
Verdi Gilda Rigoletto
Verdi Violetta La Traviata
* Suggested Repertoire

Press Acclaim

Isis & Osiris - World-Premiere

“Lucia Cesaroni was a fine Isis, with a beautiful, powerful voice, capturing a large emotional range with great success.”

Robert Harris for The Globe and Mail

“As Isis, Cesaroni was a revelation. Her incomparable voice flew throughout the Jane Mallett with ease and aplomb, and I’ve said this before, she just gets better every time I hear her. Her darker colour belies the height and beauty she can achieve at the top of her register and every note is properly placed and spins and sparkles. She brought strength and vulnerability, showing the duality of the divine and human that is unique amongst the Egyptian deities. It was a beautiful performance, bravissima.”

Greggory Finney for Schmopera

“There was a very strong quartet of soloists playing the siblings. Michael Barrett was in fine voice as Osiris and Lucia Cesaroni’s darkish soprano was perfect for his sister consort. She looked stunning too.

John Gilks for operaramblings

“Barrett and Cesaroni spend much of the opera in very separate worlds. Isis reminds me of Juliet and Cleopatra, a pair of lovers who really come into their own in the second half of their respective plays; similarly Isis becomes the most important person in this opera in the second act, as she seeks out Osiris. Cesaroni was very much up to the dramatic task, and sounded wonderful.”

Leslie Barcza for barczablog

The Rake’s Progress

“Lucia Cesaroni’s Anne is true in pitch, lovely in sound.”

Elissa Poole (The Globe and Mail)

“The voice of the young soprano Lucia Cesaroni at first seems larger, deeper, more mature than one might expect in the role of Anne Trulove…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 palpable in a commanding account of her cabaletta which culminates in a hall-filling high C.”

Kevin Bazzana (The Victoria Times Colonist)

“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.”

Bernard Jacobson (Opera UK Magazine, February 2010)

Giulio Cesare

“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… ‘V’adoro pupille’, which opened the second act was ravishing.”

Brian Hay (

“Cesaroni’s is an artfully complex Cleopatra…[she] certainly knows how to hit just the right note.”

James Reaney (The London Free Press)

West Side Story

“Cesaroni looks and sounds the part of the newly-arrived Maria, innocent and charming, and her voice has attractive dark undertones that give her a hint of otherness.”

Elissa Poole (The Globe and Mail)

“Soprano Lucia Cesaroni is perfectly cast as Maria. A fiery and convincing actress, Cesaroni the singer has a rich, dark voice and a vocal maturity that makes her do-or-die passion obvious. That there’s a light/dark contrast between tenor and soprano adds in another dimension; both principals understand Bernstein’s soaring lines and have the voices and training to present the music as it surely was meant to be sung. Their abilities to confidently deal with the full range of Bernstein’s sublime music alone justifies Vancouver Opera’s hybrid approach and validates its claim to the work.”

David Gordon Duke (The Vancouver Sun)

“Cesaroni, who has a rich, sonorous voice, has an exuberance that, when kept in check, is infectious.”

Jessica Werb (The Georgia Straight)

Carmina Burana

“The real star was the music itself with the Royal Philharmonic playing its socks off for conductor Walter Haupt and his soloists…in the pure-toned soprano from Canada, Lucia Cesaroni.”

Jessica Duchen (The Independent, London)


Non mi dir from "Don Giovanni", Spoleto Festival, 2017, conducted by James Conlon.

Deh, vieni non tardar at Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi 2016 - Lucia Cesaroni, Soprano

Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta

LIVE Bel raggio lusinghier (Queen Sonja Competition) - Lucia Cesaroni

LIVE: Ah, fors'è lui...Sempre libera

"Quando m'en vo", from La bohème by Giacomo Puccini

"Je veux vivre", from Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod

"In trutina", from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

"Dulcissime", from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

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