American soprano, Vanessa Isiguen is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and now resides in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in the Italian verismo operatic repertoire, but also has an affinity for new music, and especially enjoys collaborating with composers on their works. Vanessa made her Florida Grand Opera debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini in their 2014 season to rave reviews. She was subsequently invited as a soloist to the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London where she performed the beloved aria “Un bel dÌ vedremo" on a lecture concert with Maestro Nicola Luisotti for the Insights Program on Madama Butterfly. Vanessa was featured in a workshop with The Metropolitan Opera for ‘The Sorrows of Frederick’ by composer Scott Wheeler, and soon after sang the role of Beatrice Russo in the New York City premiere of Daniel Catan's 'Il Postino'.
During the Summer 2014, Vanessa performed the role of Roberta Alden in ‘An American Tragedy’ with Glimmerglass Opera. She worked closely with composer Tobias Picker, librettist Gene Scheer, director Peter Kazaras and conductor George Manahan on this revised version.
During the 2015-16 Season at Sarasota Opera she sang Mimì in La Bohème, Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio and also covered Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Upcoming in the 2016-17 Season she performs as a guest soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and will make her Portland Opera debut as Mimì in La Bohème.