Lisette Oropesa: I used to weigh 210 pounds. Don’t shame me

Lisette Oropesa: I used to weigh 210 pounds. Don’t shame me


norman lebrecht

November 04, 2018

In an interview with AFP, the Cuban-American soprano confesses that in 2005, she weighed 95 kilograms (210 lbs). Now, she weighs just 56, having lost weight to save her career.

She adds:  ‘body-shaming is not acceptable’. She is tired of “rich patrons saying ‘Oh, I am so glad you’re not fat, like so and so’ — because they think they are entitled to say things like that.”

Read on here.



  • YS says:

    The photo seems to be of older days, in fact it is from 2008 not 2018!

    Today she looks like that:

  • Caravaggio says:

    Oropesa is the literal picture of health. Would have never guessed she ever weighed so much. Body shaming is neither a good idea nor a good thing and is more often than not applied to women but, surprise, not to men.

  • René says:

    Umm…that photo is from the Actors Fund Annual Gala in 2008 (not 2018), as a simple google image search shows.

  • Julien says:

    I saw her last week in Opera Bastille (Elisir d’amore) and she was really excellent. Brava !

  • Mike Schachter says:

    One of the noxious effects of social media is that thousands of people who have nothing to do with a musician or other performer feel they can comment on their clothes, their weight, their choice of partner etc. To quote from the Henry Rood letters of the 80s: “Dear Sir, get stuffed, strong letter to follow”.

  • Vladimir says:

    She should stir her last name up a bit, Operosa sounds much more appropriate 🙂