Acclaimed by the New York Times as “radiant”, American Soprano Vanessa Isiguen is enjoying performing Virtual Concerts during this 20/21 season. Vanessa made her Portland Opera debut as Mimì in La bohème during the 17/18 season, and has since returned as a featured soloist in the past three Portland Opera 'Big Night' Gala Orchestra evenings under the baton of Maestro George Manahan. She was scheduled to return in the 2020 season as Nedda in Pagliacci and after cancellations due to COVID 19, performed in the Portland Opera Virtual Gala Concert in October. Vanessa curated a solo recital with works by G. Puccini, F. Obradors, S. Rachmaninoff and new composer Melissa Dunphy for a virtual live stream performance presented by Portland Opera this December. She is a featured artist with Eugene Opera this Holiday Season on their New Year’s Eve Special.
Vanessa recently made her Oregon Symphony debut with Maestro Carlos Kalmar, singing excerpts from La bohème and her Chamber Music Northwest debut in the 18/19 season. Vanessa made her Florida Grand Opera debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly and was subsequently featured on a lecture concert with Maestro Nicola Luisotti at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, UK singing the famous aria ‘Un bel di vedremo’. She has performed with companies such as The Metropolitan Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Tampa, Vashon Opera, and Opera Idaho. Vanessa performed the role of Beatrice in the New York City premiere of Il Postino by Daniel Catan under the baton of Maestro Joseph Colaneri. Other roles include Liu in Turandot, Magda in La Rondine, the title role in Massenet's Thais, and Dvorak's Rusalka, Violetta in La Traviata , Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Contessa in Le nozze Di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Despina in Cosi fan tutte.
Vanessa has won top prizes from Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, 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 in Opera Diploma from Mannes College of Music - The New School in New York City.