Michelle DeYoung

Michelle DeYoung made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 1995 as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, led by Michael Tilson Thomas in his first concerts as Music Director. She has appeared with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and Amsterdam Concertgebouw, as well as at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Saito Kinen, and Lucerne festivals. She has been featured with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Bayreuth Festival, the Berlin State Opera, Thèâtre du Châtelet, and Tokyo Opera. Her roles have included Fricka, Sieglinde, and Waltraute in Wagner’s Ring cycle; Kundry in Parsifal; Marguerite in Berlioz’s Le Damnation de Faust; Jocaste in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex; and the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. She also created the role of the Shaman in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. DeYoung is featured in the MTT/SFS recording of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Symphony No. 3, which won a Grammy® for Best Classical Album in 2003. She is also featured in the Grammy-winning recording of Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra; that recording received the 2001 awards for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording. Her other recordings include Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Das Lied von der Erde with the Minnesota Orchestra. This season, Ms. DeYoung returns to the Houston Grand Opera in The Rape of Lucretia, makes her debut at the Opéra de Nice in Tristan und Isolde, and sings the title role in Samson et Dalilah with the Washington Concert Opera. She also appears with the Philharmonia and Cleveland orchestras; the Boston, Chicago, and National symphony orchestras; and the New World, Colorado, and Sydney symphonies. As the current season opened, she was featured with the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2—a special performance, captured on DVD, commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Michelle DeYoung appeared with the San Francisco Symphony most recently in December 2010, in John Adams’s El Niño.