Sophie Michaux, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux was born in London and raised in the French Alps. The Boston Musical Intelligencer characterized her voice as “luscious,” “velvety,” and “ever so slightly smoky.”
Recognized for her enthralling presence and her audacious interpretation, the 27-year-old mezzo maintains an active performance schedule in Europe and the United States under directors Gabriel Garrido, Richard Webster, Federico Cortese, Gil Rose, Michael Sakir, Lidiya Yankovskaya, Beth Willer, Frederic Jodry, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, among others. She appeared in Switzerland, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Victoria Hall, in France at the Festival Radio France, Festival Europa Musa, and the Musée-Château d’Annecy, and in the Boston Area at Sanders Theatre, Jordan Hall, Trinity Church of Boston and the Goethe Institute.
On stage, her roles include the title role in Rinaldo (Boston Opera Collaborative), Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia (Opera Brittenica), Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lowell House Opera), Mrs. Soames in Our Town (Boston Opera Collaborative), Dorabella in Cosí fan Tutte (The Greater Worcester Opera), Mercedes in Carmen (MetroWest Opera), La Pythonisse in David et Jonathas (Helios Early Opera), Orontea in Orontea (Longy School of Music), and the Third Lady in The Magic Flute (Longwood Opera). In April 2015, she sang the role of Ceres in The Shakespeare Concert’s world premiere of The Tempest, by Joseph Summer. In March 2016, she will appear as Anne in Boston Opera Collaborative’s production of Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back.
In 2010, she was a soloist at the Egida Sartori and Laura Alvini Early Music Seminar in Venice, Italy, directed by René Jacobs, and with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra in 2011.
Ms. Michaux is simultaneously active as a vocal chamber singer. She appears with Lorelei Ensemble, Schola Cantorum, and sings regularly as a soloist the Trinity Church of Boston: She was the alto soloist both in Handel’s Messiah in 2013 and Bach’s Magnificatin 2014.
Although she focuses on classical music, her versatility and musical curiosity have brought her to be an active performer in other repertoires : 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 is the co-founder of a guitar/voice duo, Sophie et Adam, that focuses on French and American folk music. 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.
She is a graduate of the Haute École de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland (BM, Early Music Vocal Performance), and of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA (Masters degree in Vocal Performance). www.sophiemichaux.com