It is definitely Lisette Oropesa’s year.
The prize, which was established in 2016, comes with a $50,000 cash award which is given to extraordinary singers with rising Met careers.
Oropesa is the ninth artist to win both the Richard Tucker Award and Beverly Sills Award. However, she is only the second, alongside tenor Michael Fabiano (2014), to win both for the same calendar year.
Oropesa’s Met career is undeniably on the rise with the soprano set for two major star turns in 2019-20. She will appear as the leading lady in Massenet’s “Manon” alongside Michael Fabiano in a production that will be showcased Live in HD. Later in the season, she revives Verdi’s “La Traviata.” This is the first time that she takes on both leading roles at the Met.
The soprano has performed other major roles at the Met including Gilda in “Rigoletto,” Nanetta in “Falstaff,” Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” the Woodbird in “Siegfried,” and Sophie in “Werther,” among others.
“I am tremendously grateful to be named this year’s recipient of the Beverly Sills Artist Award,” Oropesa said in a press release. “This award honors one of the great American icons of opera. Growing up, I idolized Beverly Sills for her lovable personality, her unmatched stage presence, and her extraordinary singing. I have the privilege of performing two of her most distinguished roles next season at the Met—may her inspiration live on for many more years to come.”