American soprano, Vanessa Isiguen recently made her Portland Opera Debut as Mimì LA BOHÈME to rave reviews.
“ Isiguen poured out the soul of Mimi with a warm, rich soprano. Her ‘Si, Mi chiamano Mimi’ was touching and heartfelt and drew ecstatic applause “ – Northwest Reverb
Opera News boasts, “Vanessa Isiguen brought to Mimi good looks, a lovely soprano, and loads of personality, heard in her singing as well as seen. ‘Mi Chiamano Mimi’ had variety and nuance from spinto bloom to light chatter. This Mimi was vivacious…”
Vanessa made her Florida Grand Opera debut in the title-role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY. She was subsequently featured as a soloist at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, singing “Un bel dÌ vedremo” on a lecture concert with Maestro Nicola Luisotti for the Insights Program on MADAMA BUTTERFLY. She recently reprised the role of Cio Cio San with Opera Idaho in 2018. Upcoming engagements include Mimí LA BOHÈME for Vashon Opera.
Other engagements include Mimí LA BOHÈME at Sarasota Opera and Marzelline FIDELIO. During the Summer 2014, Vanessa performed the role of Roberta Alden AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY with Glimmerglass Opera. She worked closely with composer Tobias Picker, librettist Gene Scheer, director Peter Kazaras and conductor George Manahan on this revised version.
A recent graduate of Mannes College of Music, Ms. Isiguen sang the role of Beatrice Russo in the New York City premiere of Daniel Catan’s IL POSTINOunder the baton of Maestro Joseph Colaneri. In 2013 she participated in a workshop at the Metropolitan Opera of THE SORROWS OF FREDERICK by Scott Wheeler. Other roles include Liu TURANDOT, Magda LA RONDINE, Nedda I PAGLIACCI, Violetta LA TRAVIATA, Contessa and Susanna LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Despina COSÌ FAN TUTTE.
Vanessa has won prizes from The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Connecticut Opera Guild, Jenny Lind Competition, and the Bel Canto Competition. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Music from Boston Conservatory and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music in New York City