After overseas triumphs, soprano returns to Met Opera

After overseas triumphs, soprano returns to Met Opera
This photo released by the Metropolitan Opera shows soprano Lisette Oropesa as the fortune-hunting heroine in a revival of Massenet's “Manon” at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Lisette Oropesa sang for years at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City as a promising young soprano. Now she’s returning as a star.

For Oropesa, who is just turning 36, it was a series of triumphs in Europe that prepared her to come back home in major roles. The Met, she says, “is not a training house. … It’s an ‘I’ve arrived!’ opera house.”

Arrived she has, headlining a revival this season of Massenet’s “Manon” as the fortune-hunting heroine and also cast as the tubercular courtesan Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata.”