American Soprano, Vanessa Isiguen made her Portland Opera debut as Mimì LA BOHÈME to rave reviews and next season will return to the role of Mimi with New Orleans Opera, in a production conducted by Joseph Colaneri.
“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 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 has subsequently reprised the role of Cio-Cio-San MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Opera Idaho.
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 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 and Marzelline FIDELIO for at Sarasota Opera and High Priestess AIDA and JouJou MERRY WIDOW for Opera Tampa. Other roles include Liu TURANDOT, Magda LA RONDINE, Nedda PAGLIACCI, Violetta LA TRAVIATA, Pamina DIE ZAUBERFLOTE, 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 where she studied with Ruth Falcon.