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Teresa Seidl

Shawnette Sulker

Stella Zambalis

Buffy Baggott

Julia Elise Hardin

Jennifer Lane

Carol Sparrow

Michelle Wrighte

Robert Bracey

Benjamin Brecher

James Doing

Randolph Locke

Jeffrey Springer

Mark Thomsen

Bradley Williams

Graham Fandrei

Kenneth Overton

Frederick Reeder

Charles Robert Stephens

Gerard Sundberg

James Patterson

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Chicago Tribune August 25, 2004 by Richard Covello
“Michelle Wrighte, by nature a Cherubino more like a strapping young man than the mincing page boy en travestie we usually see, sang both arias charmingly.”

 

Michelle Wrighte, mezzo-soprano

Ms. Wrighte’s versatile talent has taken her all over the United States performing many lead roles. Highlights include: Prince Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera for San Francisco Opera Center, The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen at Tulsa Opera, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti at Tampa Opera, Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri at Pamiro Opera, Cenerentola in La Cenerentola for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Opera in the Neighborhood, and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti at Tampa Opera. Ms. Wrighte was a featured recitalist for the San Francisco Opera with performances of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben in San Francisco and Oakland, CA., and also with Ned Rorem’s west coast premiere of song cycle, Evidence of Things Not Seen. The talented and versatile mezzo headlined San Francisco’s 9th Other Minds Festival with the composer in attendance.

The year 2004 opened with Michelle performing as a featured soloist in an operatic concert at the 20th International Saint-Barthelemy Music Festival in the French Caribbean. Michelle followed her St. Bart’s debut with featured with a performance at Oak Park’s fifth annual Handel Week where she performed several rare secular Handel cantatas and also Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. “Michelle Wrighte sang both arias charmingly”, according to the Chicago Tribune The Iowa- born mezzo-soprano earned critical praise for her portrayal of Emilia – opposite Ben Heppner, Renée Fleming, and Lucio Gallo -- in Sir Peter Hall’s new production of Otello, which opened the 2001-02 season of Lyric Opera of Chicago. During Ms. Wrighte’s past seasons at Lyric Opera she has also performed the roles of Mercédès/Carmen, Giovanna/Rigoletto, the Tango Singer/The Great Gatsby,the Herdswoman/Jenufa, and the Second Apparition/Macbeth.

While at the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, Ms. Wrighte was heard in an operatic concert at the Ravinia Festival; as Zerlina/Don Giovanni and Dorabella/Così fan tutte at the Grant Park Music; and in her debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, singing Bernstein’s Songfest. She also collaborated with Lyric’s Opera’s two composers-in-residence, pre-miering Ricky Ian Gordon’s song “Friend” and creating the role of Lucy Cross in the workshop production of Michael John LaChiusa's Lovers and Friends (Chautauqua Variations). Ms. Wrighte was also featured in the prestigious “New Works Sampler for OPERA America’s 2001 annual conference in Atlanta, for which she sang works by John Adams, Michael Ching, and Tobias Picker. A passionate advocate of Baroque opera, she has been heard as Armindo/Handel's Partenope in Francisco Negrin’s critically acclaimed Glimmerglass Opera production, conducted by Harry Bicket; Ino/Handel's Semele at the renowned Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy; and as both Virtue and the Nurse/Monteverdi's L’incoronazione di Poppea at Utah opera. Ms. Wrighte’s portrayal of Meg Page/Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor has been heard at Indianapolis Opera, and she sang Miss Dorothy Snite/Susa's Black River at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

A highly successful concert artist, Ms. Wrighte has sung the alto solos in Bach’s St. John Passion under the baton of Robert Shaw, Handel’s Messiah with the Elgin Symphony and Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with the Decatur Symphony. The mezzo-soprano was a 1998 national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Ms. Wrighte has a B.M. from Drake University, a M.M. from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Certificate of Opera Studies from Temple University Michelle performed more concert work in 2005 including performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the Elgin Symphony and Bach B minor Mass at Duke University/North Carolina Symphony, and returned to Duke University in the fall of 2005 for the Messiah.

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