Dublin born Michelle recently returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to reprise the role of Ninetta in Les Vepres Siciliennes (Verdi) conducted by Maurizio Benini and directed by Stefan Herheim. Upcoming performances include the role of Blonde Frau in the world premier of Yasutaki Inamori’s of Wir Aus Glas at the Münchener Biennale and Tischlerei, Deutsche Oper Berlin in June 2018. Previous appearances at DOB include Hotel Guest/Bettlerin in Death in Venice (Britten). As a guest artist at the ROH Michelle has also covered the roles of Pisana in I due Foscari (Verdi), Third Nymph in Rusalka (Dvorak), Third Innocent in Birtwistle’s The Minotaur and Anna in the David McVicar Production of Les Troyens (Berlioz). Michelle recently sang the role of Lola in the Cork Opera House production of Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) conducted by John O’Brien.
Other performances include Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte) for Lismore Opera Festival 2016, Ireland and the Windsor festival, Polly Peacham (The Beggars Opera) for the European Opera Centre with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) conducted by Richard Hetherington for the COR for the 2013 Bloomsbury Festival . For English National Opera Michelle has performed the roles of Feklusha in Katya Kabanova (Janacek) which was broadcast by the BBC and Cretan Woman in Katie Mitchell’s production of Idomeneo. Also for ENO, Michelle has covered Third Lady (The Magic Flute) Madam Larina in Deborah Warner’s production of Eugene Onegin and Vlasta in the ENO UK premiere of The Passenger (Weinberg). Michelle was a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus in the summer of 2011 and performed in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. For British Youth Opera Michelle has performed the roles of Suzy in La Rondine (Puccini) Nancy (cover) in Albert Herring (Britten) and Madam Larina (cover) in Eugene Onegin.
Michelle is also in demand as a concert singer and has performed recitals at both the National Concert Hall Dublin and the Waterfront Hall Belfast. Recent Oratorio performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah for the Jubilate Choir Dublin and for the Orchestra Vitae, Wokingham. Other concert appearances include an opera gala for the LGSO at Milton Court, Barbican and a recital featuring repertoire from The American Songbook at the NCH, Dublin. Other Oratorio experience includes Mozart’s Requiem at Saint Martin in the Fields, Rossini’s Petit Messe Solenelle at Odiham, Hampshire and Handel’s Messiah for Putney Choral Society. Michelle is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and performed the part of Mystery in The Faery Queen (Purcell) at Snape Maltings. Michelle studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and The Guildhall School of music and Drama and has also been a Wexford Festival Opera Young Artist.
Michelle is also a jazz singer and songwriter and has released her own album of acoustic jazz and soul inspired songs. She is currently working on a new album which she plans to release in 2018. She recently performed a sold out concert for Jazz Radio Berlin at the Orange Room, The Ellington Hotel, Berlin.