Mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux was born in London and raised in the French Alps. The 27-year-old mezzo is a versatile singer, and her voice was noticed as “a luscious shade of burgundy, velvety and ever so slightly smoky” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Her upcoming engagements include her Boston Early Music Festival debut in November 2016, in their their chamber operas Versailles, Alto Soloist in the Duruflé Requiem and Handel’s Messiah at Trinity Church of Boston, and her Carnegie Hall debut with the Lorelei Ensemble.
On stage, her roles include the title roles in La Cenerentola (NEMPAC), in Rinaldo (Boston Opera Collaborative), for which she was nominated as Best Female Performer in an Opera for the 2015 Arts Impulse Theatre Awards, Lucretia in The Rape of
Lucretia (Opera Brittenica), and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lowell House Opera), Anne in To Hell and Back (Boston Opera Collaborative). In this work by Jake Heggie, her voice was noted as “a study in color…Michaux’s expressive quality and variety is remarkable ” (Arts Impulse). She is an active performer of 21st century works as well as early works: she premiered the role of Ceres in The Tempest, by Joseph Summer with The Shakespeare Concerts, and the role of Higuchi in Troubled Water, by Misha Saldkind-Pearl with Guerilla Opera. In 2010, she was a soloist at the Egida Sartori and Laura Alvini Early Music Seminar in Venice, Italy, directed by René Jacobs.
Ms. Michaux is simultaneously active in Oratorio, and as a chamber music singer in the Boston area. She is honored to have joined the Trinity Church of Boston’s Music Staff, as an Alto section leader since 2013. She was a soloist with the Trinity Church of Boston in Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, and with The Metropolitan Chorale’s Petite Messe Solennelle, by Rossini. She is also thrilled and honored to join Lorelei for their 2016-2017 season. She has appeared with ensembles such as La Cappella Mediterranea, Elyma, Schola Cantorum.
Although she focuses on classical music, her versatility and musical curiosity have brought her to be an active performer in many repertoires including French Cabaret songs, Yiddish repertoire, as well as various world polyphonies: she toured the U.S and Europe with Northern Harmony in 2014, an ensemble that is renowned for its command of varied world ethnic singing styles from the Balkans, the Republic of Georgia, South-Africa, and the United States. She has also explored the Yiddish song repertoire, with performances at the Goethe Institute for the Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprise and the celebration of musical wealth in the Vilna and Łódź Ghettos during WWII.
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