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De Young, Michelle Mezzo-soprano
Michelle DeYoung has already established herself as one of the most exciting artists of her generation.

She has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Met Orchestra (in Carnegie Hall), the Met Chamber Ensemble, Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra, Berliner Staatskapelle, Sao Paulo Symphony, and the Concertgebouworkest. She has also appeared in the prestigious festivals of Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saito Kinen, Edinburgh, and Lucerne, and most recently made her debut at the Cincinnati May Festival.

The conductors with whom she has worked include Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Stéphane Denève, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Gustavo Dudamel, Antonio Pappano, Andre Previn, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mariss Jansons, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Ms. DeYoung has also appeared with many of the finest opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Houston Grand Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Glimmerglass Opera, the Bayreuth Festival, Berliner Staatsoper, the Opera National de Paris, the Thèâtre du Châtelet, and the Tokyo Opera. Her many roles include Fricka, Sieglinde and Waltraute in The Ring Cycle; Kundry in Parsifal, Venus in Tannhäuser, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, Dido in Les Troyens, Marguerite in Le Damnation de Faust, Gertrude in Hamlet, Jocaste in Oedipus Rex, and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia. She also created the role of the Shaman in Tan Dun's The First Emperor at the Metropolitan Opera. In recital, Ms. DeYoung has been presented by the University of Chicago Presents series, the Ravinia Festival, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, San Francisco Symphony's Great Performances series, Cal Performances in Berkeley, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Thèâtre du Châtelet, the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon) the Edinburgh Festival, London's Wigmore Hall and Brussels La Monnaie.

Ms. DeYoung's recording, Kindertotenlieder and Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for SFS Media was awarded the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. She has also been awarded the 2001 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording for Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra. Her growing discography also includes a new recording of Mahler Symphony No 3 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink; Bernstein's Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah" with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin for Chandos, Das Klagende Lied with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas for BMG,and Das Lied von der Erde with the Minnesota Orchestra for Reference Recordings. Her latest recording of Mahler 8 with Boulez was released on the Deutsche Grammaphone label. Her first solo disc was released on the EMI label.

This season, Ms. DeYoung made her debut at La Scala, opening the season in a new production of Tristan und Isolde. She also returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Fricka and Brangäne, and performed on tour in Japan with the Berliner Staatsoper in Tristan und Isolde. Her many concert appearances included performances of Bluebeard's Castle with James Levine and Boston Symphony on tour in Europe, and with Pierre Boulez and both the Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. This summer, she appears at the Salzburg Festival in Bluebeard's Castle, and next season she returns to the Met, the New York Philharmonic, and the Berliner Staatsoper, and makes her debut at the Los Angeles Opera as Fricka in both Die Walküre and Das Rheingold.

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Buffs Performance(s):
Grants awarded: Songs
Les Troyens
Mahler 3 and Kindertotenlieder
Das Klagende Lied
Mahler 3
Jeremiah-The Age of Anxiety
Of Rage and Remembrance Tristan and Isolde

Website: michelledeyoung.com

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