Soprano Lucia Cesaroni returns to Pacific Opera Victoria in 2014 for the role of the Rheinmaiden Woglinde in Wagner's Das Rheingold. Lucia made her POV mainstage debut as the First Lady in The Magic Flute in April 2009 while participating in Pacific Opera Victoria's Resident Artist Program. She returned to POV as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress in November, 2009.
In 2011 the Italian-Canadian soprano debuted with Vancouver Opera as Maria in West Side Story, and in 2012 she played Norina in Saskatoon Opera's Don Pasquale. She has also been heard with the Montreal and Victoria symphonies in Messiah, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, with the Hamilton Philharmonic, with Symphony Nova Scotia in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and in recital with the Aldeburgh Connection.
Other opera credits include Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with Orchestra London; Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera York and Opera Hamilton, respectively; Julia in The Cousin from Nowhere and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Toronto Operetta Theatre; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Susannah in Le nozze di Figaro, and Lucy in The Telephone with the International Vocal Arts Institute; Adina in L'elisir d'amore with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy; Rooster in The Cunning Little Vixen with the Aspen Music Festival, and Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, and Ginevra in Ariodante with the University of Toronto Opera Division.Patrons of Pacific Opera Victoria and the Rosedale Recital Series can look forward to seeing her during the coming season. Other highlights include recitals for the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and the Off Centre Salon concert series.
Born in Toronto, Lucia holds a Master's Degree in Opera from the University of Toronto and also spent a year in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnburg with renowned soprano Edith Wiens. She has trained at the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme at the Aldeburgh Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua Music Festival, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and the International Vocal Arts Institute's training programs in Tel Aviv and Montreal.
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, a simple, innocent country girl ... Stravinsky's music made her the heart and soul of The Rake's Progress, however, and it is her love, after all, that finally redeems the feckless Tom. As the story unfolds, the richness of Cesaroni's voice pays dramatic dividends, underscoring Anne's depth and passion and growth as a person.
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's The Rake's Progress
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 review of Pacific Opera Victoria's The Rake's Progress
Below: Lucia Cesaroni sings La Maja y el Ruisenor from Goyescas by Granados.