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Michelle Areyzaga

Michelle Areyzaga

Following a “Stunning” (Opera Magazine) debut in The Kaiser of Atlantis for Chicago Opera Theater, Michelle Areyzaga has demonstrated her vocal diversity in a variety of operatic roles including Cunegonde, Pamina, Susanna, Sophie (Werther), Musetta, Lauretta, Adele, Zerlina, Despina, Serpina, and Belinda.  She has performed with companies including Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s "In the Neighborhoods," Opera Theatre North, DuPage Opera Theatre, Chicago Light Opera Works, and Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.  She reprised the role of Zerlina for her Opera Birmingham début and sang Pamina as part of Chicago's Silk Road Initiative, a production which aired on public television.

Recent concert engagements include The New York Festival of Song, Poulenc’s Gloria with the Flint Michigan Symphony, Gustavo Leone’s Mundo at the Grant Park Music Festival, and “Bernstein on Broadway” with both the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival and at the Tilles Center in Long Island, New York.  She traveled to Costa Rica for that country’s first ever performance of J. S. Bach’s Mass in B minor under the baton of John Nelson.  She performed Adina in L‘Elisir d’Amore with DuPage Opera Theatre, and is scheduled for Shostakovich’s Seven Romances with the Amelia Piano Trio, and appearances with the symphonies of Northwest Indiana, Wichita, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.  Upcoming engagements include Mozart’s Susanna with Opera Birmingham.

Ms. Areyzaga made her European concert début as soloist in Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor at England's York Minster Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, and St. Mary's Church in Oxford.  In Paris, she received standing ovations as soloist in the Lord Nelson Mass with the orchestra of London's Royal Academy of Music and the St. Charles Singers.

She recently presented a recital of the songs of Lita Grier at the Ravinia Festival Day of Music, and individual recitals of the songs of William Ferris, Lita Grier, and Inge Braun.  She made her fourth appearance with the New York Festival of Song in the program “The Welcome Shore.” On the Chandler Hall Concert Series in Randolph, Vermont, she presented a solo recital including a premiere of La Ternura of Gwyneth Walker.

As a recording artist, Ms. Areyzaga's CD The Sun Is Love was released on the Proteus label with The American Record Guide stating: "This album's appeal owes much to the singing of Michelle Areyzaga, who has a sweet, unaffected voice and meticulous diction just right for these appealing tunes."  Her CD of the songs of Lita Grier was recently released by Cedille Records and a CD of the songs of William Ferris will be released soon.

A frequent recitalist for the live programs of Classical Radio WFMT, Ms. Areyzaga was named by Pioneer Press as Chicago's "Artist of the Year" for 2006.

May, 2011