Cedille Recording Artist Patrice Michaels, soprano is a vocal virtuoso and an eclectic musical personality. Her live and recorded performances in opera, oratorio and chamber music in genres from baroque through contemporary repertoire, and her distinctive dramatic concerts rank her as "A formidable interpretative talent" (The New Yorker ), possessing "a voice that is light, rich and flexible" (Opera News ), with "pinpoint-accurate . . . bravura" (Boston Globe ). "Like the Romantic ideal of art, Patrice Michaels' voice is both natural and passionate" says Classical CD Digest, demonstrating "poise, musicianship and impressive fioratura" (Los Angeles Times ). Passionate about both performance and artistic creation, Patrice's diverse projects and abilities establish her as a truly unique singing artist and one of the finest American sopranos of her generation.
CONCERT ENGAGEMENTS featuring Ms. Michaels include appearances with the Shanghai, Czech National, St. Louis, Omaha, Atlanta, Phoenix, Milwaukee, and Minnesota Orchestras, the Maryland Handel Festival, Dallas Bach Society and Charlotte, Kansas City and Virginia Symphonies, as well as New York's Concert Royal and Chicago's Music of the Baroque. Ms. Michaels has sung Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Robert Shaw, Mahler 4 with Zdenek Macal, Mozart Arias with Andrew Parrott and Nicolas McGegan, Carmina Burana with Joanne Falletta and Beethoven 9 with Andreas Delfs and Victor Yampolsky.
Ms. Michaels includes in her OPERATIC CREDITS the Hal Prince production of Candide at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She made her debut with the Cleveland Opera as Marzelline in Fidelio and has sung with Central City Opera, Tacoma Opera, The Banff Centre, Canada and Chicago Opera Theater. She recorded the role of Monica in Menotti's The Medium (Cedille Records) with Joyce Castle in the title role.
RECITAL APPEARANCES for Patrice include three consecutive seasons at the Festival of Contemporary Music in Havana, Cuba and tours of Mexico, Japan, Venezuela, Barbados and Belize. She performs frequently in the United States and Canada, has sung with pianist John Browning for Music at the Supreme Court, as guest artist with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Trio Chicago & Friends, for the Schubert Club of St. Paul and for many academic institutions, including her alma mater Pomona College, Northwestern University and Harvard.
Patrice has received consistent critical acclaim for her many RECORDINGS, including most recently On Course: The Music of Laurie Altman; American Songs; and La vie est une parade with Paul Freeman and the Czech National Symphony. She can be heard on the Albany, Amadis, Cedille and Decca labels. Ms. Michaels' current Cedille project, Intersection: Jazz Meets Classical Song is planned for recording in 2013.
Patrice has created and performs four distinctive DRAMATIC CONCERTS: Divas of Mozart's Day is an internationally acclaimed CD, and concert dramatizing 5 of the greatest singers of the Classical era. Intersection: Jazz Meets Classical Song explores the influence of jazz on classical art songs in forms including blues, ragtime and ballads. A Song For Harmonica is a children's introduction to opera, lightheartedly sharing the nature of Inspiration through the history of opera as experienced by two comic characters. Patrice has curated and performs unaccompanied., a 45-minute solo concert of contemporary works including staged and improvised music.
A native of Southern California, Patrice Michaels holds BAs in Music and Theater from Pomona College, an MFA in Voice from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a certificate from the Music Theatre Studio Ensemble at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Her esteemed teachers include Janice McVeigh, Roy Schuessler, Tom Wikman and Shirlee Emmons for voice, Vern Sutton, Wesley Balk and Colin Graham for Opera Theater and Dominick Argento and Karl Kohn for composition. Former Professor of Music at Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, Ms. Michaels currently serves as Director of Vocal Studies at University of Chicago. She is in demand as a master clinician and guest artist, invited to institutions including The Hartt School (Hartford, CT), Tel Aviv's Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Dreyfoos School of The Arts in West Palm Beach, Pomona College and ISA (Havana, Cuba).