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Michelle DeYoung
Mezzo-soprano

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Michelle DeYoung was born in Michigan and makes regular guest appearances on the great international stages (New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, Milan’s La Scala, the Bayreuth Festival, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Théâtre de Bâle, the Tokyo Opera, etc.). Her extensive repertoire includes the roles of Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Fricka, Sieglinde and Waltraute (The Ring Cycle), Kundry (Parsifal), Venus (Tannhäuser), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Hérodias (Salomé), Eboli (Don Carlo), Amneris (Aida), Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust), Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Gertrude (Hamlet), Didon (Les Troyens), and Jocaste (Oedipus Rex). She was the first to perform the role of the Shaman in the world premiere production of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at the Metropolitan Opera in 2006 and that same year, made her Paris Opera debut in La Damnation de Faust.
She also performs in concert with some of the world’s greatest ensembles (the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, etc.). She recently sang the role of Kundry in a concert version of Parsifal in Sydney. Her abundant discography includes Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (Naxos), the Kindertotenlieder and Das Klagende Lied with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (SFS Media), Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live!), Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink (CSO Resound) and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck (Challenge Records International). Her first solo album was released on the EMI label.

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