Acclaimed by the New York Times as “Radiant”, Vanessa Isiguen recently joined the roster at the Metropolitan Opera to cover the dual role of Kitty/ Vanessa in the premiere of The Hours by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Greg Pierce, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Kensho Watanabe. She began the 2022-2023 season as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony at Portland’s beloved Waterfront Concert under the baton of David Danzmayr, and made her Dublin debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly with the Lyric Opera of Ireland. She also performed Mimì in La Bohème with Eugene Opera, and looks forward to performing at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as the Soprano Soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Portland Youth Philharmonic.
This summer she will perform the role of Almera in Dark Sisters by Nico Muhly with Orpheus PDX. Ms. Isiguen looks forward to returning to the Metropolitan Opera in 2024 to cover the role of Liù in Turandot and Kitty/Vanessa in The Hours .
Driven by a strong passion for new music, Ms. Isiguen was thrilled to create the starring role of Nila in the world premiere of chamber opera Tres Minutos with the Seattle Symphony/Music of Remembrance last summer. She worked closely with composer Nicolas Benavides and librettist Marella Martin Koch singing a tour of performances in Seattle and San Francisco. She began the 2021‐22 season with her New Orleans Opera debut reprising her signature role as Mimì La Bohème with Maestro Joseph Colaneri.
Previously Ms. Isiguen made her Florida Grand Opera debut in Miami as Cio-Cio-San garnering 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.” She 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 soprano role of Roberta Alden in An American Tragedy by Tobias Picker and librettist Gene Scheer with Glimmerglass Opera. She was thrilled to be featured by The New York Times in a 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 also sang the role of Spirit at 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.