American Soprano, Vanessa Isiguen made her Portland Opera debut as Mimì LA BOHÈME to rave reviews and will return in the 2020 season as Nedda PAGLIACCI.
“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 to which the Palm Beach Arts paper wrote “Isiguen’s Butterly was beautifully sung… she has a big fresh voice with plenty of stamina for an opera that requires her almost constant presence, and serious acting chops that made her lovable, believable, and tragic on the stage…” Vanessa 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.
Classical Voice America called Ms. Isiguen a “strong, well-rounded soprano” in her performance as Roberta Alden in AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY with Glimmerglass Opera in New York. Ms. Isiguen sang the role of Beatrice Russo in the New York City premiere of Daniel Catan’s IL POSTINO under the baton of Maestro Joseph Colaneri, and also sang the role of “spirit” at the Metropolitan Opera in THE SORROWS OF FREDERICK workshop by Scott Wheeler.
Other engagements include Mimí LA BOHÈME for Vashon Opera, Mimí LA BOHÈME at Sarasota Opera and Marzelline FIDELIO, High Priestess AIDA and JouJou MERRY WIDOW for Opera Tampa . Other roles include Liu TURANDOT, Magda LA RONDINE, Nedda IPAGLIACCI, Violetta LA TRAVIATA, Pamina DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Contessa and Susanna LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni 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.