Lisette Oropesa has been awarded the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
The soprano received the honor after a youth premiere of Thomas’ “Hamlet” which she is currently performing at the Opera de Paris.
In a statement, the soprano took to social media and said, “Last night I had the great honor of being decorated by the French Minister of Culture as Chevalière des Arts et des Lettres. Thank you to my dear friend Jean-Philippe Thiellay for performing the ceremony and officially granting me this title.”
She added, “It has been a great privilege in my operatic career to sing as much as possible in the French language, and to present the repertoire in recitals, albums, concerts, and performances. French culture has been a part of my life from my earliest memories growing up in Louisiana, and it has brought me great fulfillment to sing and speak in this language. Thank you so much to the people of this great country, for granting me this recognition as an artist. I am honored.”
Following her performances in Paris, Oropesa is set to perform in a production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Teatro alla Scala and a production of “Il Turco in Italia.”