Lucia Cesaroni - Soprano

Lucia Cesaroni, Soprano

Italian-Canadian soprano Lucia Cesaroni has been attracting the attention of discerning audiences worldwide on opera, concert and recital platforms. In La bohème for Pacific Opera Victoria, she was “was sinuous and seductive, projecting movement beyond the footlights and revealed a voice that is smooth, lush and velvety” (Times Colonist). Future projects include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for Italy’s Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale/RAI, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte for Vancouver Opera and a New Year’s Eve Gala for the Guelph Symphony.

Recent engagements include Violetta in La traviata for Pacific Opera Victoria, the title role in The Merry Widowfor Vancouver Opera and Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in both Ravenna and Novara under the auspices of the Spoleto Festival. 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, as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for the Spoleto Festival under James Conlon and 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, Opera di Ravenna, Teatro Coccia di Novara, 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, Norina in Don Pasquale, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and Yum-Yum in The Mikado. 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 holding a Master’s Degree in Opera from the University of Toronto, she is an Alumna of the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Britten-Pears Festival and Young Artists programme.

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

It’s Cesaroni who is the unquestionable cynosure of the whole show. She’s almost continuously onstage, front and centre, with the whole gaudy cast and scenography revolving about her. Amazingly enough she even manages somehow to revolve about herself, coqu

Lincoln Kaye - Vancouver Observer

Lucia Cesaroni as Hanna Glawari, the eponymous Widow pranced around the stage like a princess, positively glowing in the attention of her numerous male suitors. She was animated and lively throughout, and her “Vilja” was warm and full, telling the story beautifully of the lovestruck water nymph. Her playful mocking of Danilo as she imitated a cavalry horse was whimsical and hilarious.”

Melissa Ratcliff - Schmopera

“Lucia Cesaroni, was bold as brass and just as brilliant. Neither libretto, music, nor directorial concept allowed much opportunity for Cesaroni to plumb any hidden depths in her part, but shine she did as she gamely stole the show every chance she got.”

David Gordon Duke - Vancouver Sun


Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante, Carmen, Bizet 2019

Libiamo with Andrea Bocceli, December 2018

Che Bella Serata with Andrea Bocceli, Deccember 2018

Or sai chi l'onore, Don Giovanni, W.A. Mozart

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

Bel raggio lusinghier (Queen Sonja Competition) - Lucia Cesaroni

Ah, fors'è lui...Sempre libera, La Traviata, Verdi

Quando m'en vo, La bohème, Giacomo Puccini

Je veux vivre, Roméo et Juliette, Charles Gounod

In trutina, Carmina Burana, Carl Orff

Dulcissime, Carmina Burana, Carl Orff

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