Acclaimed by the New York Times as “radiant”, American soprano Vanessa Isiguen will return to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2023‐24 season to cover the role of Liù TURANDOT and the dual role of Kitty/ Vanessa THE HOURS by Kevin Puts. She looks forward to making her her San Diego Symphony debut this season as Nila TRES MINUTOS by N. Benavides after a successful tour of tour premiere performances in Seattle and San Francisco. Ms. Isiguen is very proud to return to Seattle Symphony/Music of Remembrance as the soprano soloist for the premiereof PHOENIX by Sahba Aminikia. She also has engagements with Eugene Opera as Violetta in LA TRAVIATA.
During the 2022‐2023 season Ms. Isiguen made her Dublin debut in the title role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Lyric Opera of Ireland, and her Orpheus PDX debut as Almera DARK SISTERS by Nico Muhly which garnered high praise by OperaWire: “Vanessa Isiguen as Almera was resolute in her devotion to the prophet as her soprano soared thrillingly…” Ms. Isiguen made her New Orleans Opera debut as Mimì LA BOHÈME with Maestro Joseph Colaneri and had engagments as the soprano soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and Portland Youth Philharmonic in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Eugene Opera as Mimì LA BOHÈME.
Previously Ms. Isiguen made her Florida Grand Opera debut as Cio-Cio-San MADAMA BUTTERFLY , winning praise from Palm Beach Arts, “Isiguen’s Butterfly was moving and 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…the performance was a triumph, and the audience loved her.” Vanessa was subsequently featured as a soloist at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, UK singing the famous aria ‘Un bel dÌ, vedremo’, with Maestro Nicola Luisotti for the Insights Program Concert.
Other notable engagements include the starring role of Roberta Alden AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Tobias Picker and librettist Gene Scheer, conducted by George Manahan with Glimmerglass Opera Festival. She was featured in The New York Times video clip depicting her singing at the beginning of the eerily famous drowning scene. New York Arts wrote, “Vanessa Isiguen (Roberta) was completely convincing as the tragic heroine both vocally and dramatically”, and Classical Voice America described Vanessa as, “A strong, well rounded soprano who sang the fiendishly high and difficult role easily.” She sang the role of Spirit in the Metropolitan Opera workshop of THE SORROWS OF FREDERICK by Scott Wheeler, conducted by Steven Osgood, and the New York City premiere of the Spanish opera IL POSTINO by Daniel Catàn as Beatrice Russo. Vanessa made her debut with the Oregon Symphony as a featured soloist under the baton of Maestro Carlos Kalmar, and her Portland Opera debut as Mimì LA BOHÈME with Maestro George Manahan to rave reviews. Opera News boasts, “Vanessa Isiguen brought to Mimì good looks, a lovely soprano, and loads of personality… Si, mi chiamano Mimì had variety and nuance from spinto bloom to light chatter.”
Other roles include Nedda I PAGLIACCI, Liù TURANDOT, Magda LA RONDINE, Micaëla CARMEN, Manon, THAЇS, RUSALKA, La Contessa and Susanna LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Donna Elvira DON GIOVANNI. Vanessa has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Portland Opera, New Orleans Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Tampa, Vashon Opera, Opera Idaho, and Eugene Opera. She has won top prizes from Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Gerda Lissner Foundation NYC, Connecticut Opera Guild, Jenny Lind Competition, and the Bel Canto Competition. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Music from UNC Chapel Hill, a Master of Music from Boston Conservatory, and a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music – The New School in New York City where she studied with the revered soprano Ruth Falcon.