"her smoky, richly colored voice shaped the music in expressive, voluptuous phrases."
San Jose Murcury News
Lisa Chavez, has been described as possessing a “plush storm of a voice”, “graceful stage presence” as well as being “a powerhouse both vocally and emotionally”. This summer Lisa was featured in a series of concerts with New York City Opera in Bryant Park. She sang the title role in Carmen, was Mezzo Soloist in the concert Now That’s What I Call Opera, and Maddalena in Rigoletto which was also performed at the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice. To date, Ms. Chavez has performed 7 roles with Sarasota Opera, consisting of 5 role debuts. Roles with Sarasota Opera include Carmen in Carmen, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Sevillia, Fenena in Nabucco, Madame de Croissy in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and most recently, Dido in Dido and Aeneas. Lisa Chavez was also seen with New York City Opera in a “star turn” as Maggie in the premiere of Bell’s Stonewall. Other roles performed with the company include Dolores in Dolores Claiborne, Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas, Carmen in Carmen, and was also involved in the Hal Prince production of Candide. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Alto Soloist in Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo. For the 2013-2015 seasons Chavez was a principal resident artist with Opera San Jose. Roles sung in her tenure; Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Harriet Herriton in the premiere of Where Angels Fear to Tread, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Meg Page in Falstaff, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte.