"her smoky, richly colored voice shaped the music in expressive, voluptuous phrases."
San Jose Murcury News
Lisa Chavez hailed for “her buttery, richly colored Mezzo” by Opera News. The 18/19 season was capped off with a "star turn" as Maggie in the World Premiere of Iain Bell's Stonewall commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising with New York City Opera. This season was full of role debuts including Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco with Sarasota Opera, as well as Amneris in Aida with Washington Opera Society. She returned to Sarasota Opera after her debut in 2017, as Madame de Croissy in Dialogues of the Carmelites for all 11 performances of Carmen in their Winter 2018 season. She immediately followed Sarasota to sing Carmen with Opera in Williamsburg as well as with Washington Opera Society in D.C. Past Carmen productions include performances as a Guest Artist with Opera San Jose, and performances with New York City Opera. She garnered rave reviews including, “Lisa Chavez was born to play Carmen, equipped with the classic Carmen look, vocal power and attitude.” Other roles with New York City Opera include the New York premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne and Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas. Opera Today wrote, “… Lisa Chavez, who gives one of the most compelling performances of the evening. With a rich, healthy mezzo voice, she brings the most three-dimensionality to her character, and her second act aria is one of the most heartbreaking moments in the opera.” Next season includes debuts with both Knoxville Opera and Odyssey Opera, as well as 2 role debuts.