Biography

Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung appears frequently with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Concertgebouw Orchestra. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in September 1995 as a Shenson Young Artist.

On the opera stage, she has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Glimmerglass Opera, La Scala, Bayreuth Festival, Berliner Staatsoper, Hamburg State Opera, Opera National de Paris, Thèâtre du Châtelet, and English National Opera. Her many roles include the title roles in Samson et Dalila and The Rape of Lucretia; Fricka, Sieglinde, and Waltraute in the Ring Cycle; Kundry in Parsifal; Venus in Tannhäuser; Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde; Herodias in Salome; Ježibaba in Rusalka; Amneris in Aida; Santuzza in Cavelleria Rusticana; Marguerite in Le Damnation de Faust; Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle; Didon in Les Troyens; and Jocaste in Oedipus Rex. She also created the role of the Shaman in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at the Met.

A multi-Grammy award-winning artist, Ms. DeYoung’s discography includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Das Klagende Lied with Michael Tilson Thomas and the SF Symphony on SFS Media. Her recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra was released on Deutsche Grammophon in July 2021. She recently launched and conducts Ensemble Charité, a group dedicated to supporting charities and creating opportunities for young musicians.

(9/2022)

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