SOPRANO MICHELE KENNEDY is a versatile specialist in early classical and new music. Praised by the Washington Post as “a fine young soprano with a lovely voice,” and by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a wonder to hear,” Michele has appeared in concert recently at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Bard Summerscape, Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Boston Early Music Festival. Her repertoire ranges from Renaissance and Baroque music – particularly oratorio – to new art song and chamber opera.
Michele’s recent solo engagements include Bach B Minor Mass, Charpentier Te Deum, Faure Requiem, Handel Messiah, Mozart Coronation Mass and Requiem, Schütz Musikalische Exequien, Vivaldi Gloria and appearances with American Bach Soloists (Cupid in Purcell’s King Arthur), Folger Consort (featuring works by Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi), American Classical Orchestra (Bach Cantatas), and Parthenia Viols (Byrd consort songs). Among Michele’s new music projects are performances with Contemporaneous at the Bard Summerscape Festival and premieres with Experiments in Opera, Harlem Stage Opera, and Tribeca New Music Festival. This season’s winter highlights include Handel’s Messiah with the Fort Street Chorale & Orchestra of Detroit, her solo debut at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall in a program of holiday music from around the globe, and Ensemble Eos’ debut at Washington National Cathedral with the Folger Consort. She is delighted to join NYC’s Voices of Ascension and Dark Horse Consort as a soloist in the Monteverdi Vespers this February.
A native of Oakland, CA, Michele studied music at Yale University and Yale School of Music, and is an associate member of the voice faculty at Rutgers University. She lives in Astoria, Queens with her husband, Benjamin Thorpe. Please find more at www.michele-kennedy.com.