Soprano Lucia Cesaroni returns to Pacific Opera Victoria for her role debut as Violetta in Verdi's La traviata. Lucia made her Pacific Opera mainstage debut as the First Lady in The Magic Flute in April 2009 while participating in the company's Resident Artist Program. She has returned as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress (2009), as the Rheinmaiden Woglinde in Wagner's Das Rheingold (2014), and for her role debut as Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème (2018).
In 2017, Ms. Cesaroni sang Musetta in La Bohème with Opéra de Montréal, and returned to the Spoleto Festival for their 60th anniversary performing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni under Maestro James Conlon. Engagements in the 2017/18 season included Donna Anna in both Ravenna and Novara under the auspices of the Spoleto Festival and Eleonora in Donizetti's L'assedio di Calais with Odyssey Opera.
Other recent credits include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for the Spoleto Festival; the title role in the World Premiere of the Togni/Singer opera Isis and Osiris with Voicebox:Opera in Concert; Carmina Burana for Chorus Niagara; Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Opera Hamilton; and Julia in Der Vetter aus Dingsda for Toronto Operetta Theatre.
She was at the Snape Maltings for an Aldeburgh Alumni Recital with Steuart Bedford and has been a fellow at the Ravinia Art Song Institute. Embracing a wide range of repertoire, Ms. Cesaroni debuted with Vancouver Opera as Maria in West Side Story and played Norina in Saskatoon Opera's Don Pasquale and Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare with Orchestra London. She has also been heard with the Montreal and Victoria symphonies in Messiah, with the Hamilton Philharmonic in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, with Symphony Nova Scotia in Haydn's Die Schöpfung, and in recital with the Aldeburgh Connection.
During her year in Germany studying with Edith Wiens, she sang as soprano soloist in a fully staged European tour of Carmina Burana: Monumental Opera with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Symphoniker. She was in Tel Aviv with the International Vocal Arts Institute, where she sang Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.
Born in Toronto and holding a Masters Degree in Opera from the University of Toronto, she has attended the Britten-Pears Festival and Young Artists programme and received the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation's Sutton Scholarship.
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
As Isis, Cesaroni was a revelation ... 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 ... It was a beautiful performance, bravissima.
Greg Finney, Schmopera, Review of world première of Isis and Osiris: Gods of Egypt, VoiceBox: Opera in Concert, 2016