Sophie Michaux, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux was born in London and raised in the French Alps. The 29-year-old mezzo was noted as a “warm and colorful mezzo” (Opera News) and as “a study in color…Michaux’s expressive quality and variety is remarkable ” (Arts Impulse). Her upcoming engagements will include her return to the Boston Early Music Festival in November 2018, in Francesca Caccini’s Opera La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola d’Alcina, and a tour around the US with the Lorelei Ensemble, Boston’s groundbreaking 9-voice women’s vocal ensemble.
On stage, her roles include the role of Ceres in BEMF’s production of Lalande’s Les Fontaines de Versailles, 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), Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lowell House Opera), Anne in To Hell and Back (Boston Opera Collaborative). In December 2017, she was the lead singer in The Christmas Revels, that had 18 performances in Harvard’s historical Sanders Theatre. She is an active performer of 21st century Operas: 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.
Mrs. Michaux is simultaneously active in Oratorio, and as a chamber music singer in New England. This spring, she will be a soloist in the Bach’s B Minor Mass with Choral Art (ME), Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Chorus of Westerley (RI), and Mozart’s Mass is C Minor, with the Onion River Chorus (VT). Past highlights have been in Duruflé’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificatand B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Palmeri’s Missa Tango with Trinity Church of Boston, The Metropolitan Chorale, and The Andover Choral Society. She is also thrilled to have joined the Lorelei Ensemble as a Core Member of since 2016, who did their Carnegie Hall debut in March 2017, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared with other ensembles such as La Cappella Mediterranea, Elyma, and Schola Cantorum. In 2010, she was a soloist at the Egida Sartori and Laura Alvini Early Music Seminar in Venice, Italy, directed by René Jacobs.
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, English Sea Shanties, as well as various world polyphonies: in 2014 and 2017, she toured the U.S and Europe with Northern Harmony, 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 founding member of Sophie et Adam, a folk music duet with guitarist and singer Adam Jacob Simon, and of Culomba, a world music trio with Adam Simon (Voice, Guitar, Double Bass), and Lysander Jaffe (Voice, Violin). 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. www.sophiemichaux.com