Soprano Michele Kennedy is a versatile specialist in early classical and contemporary repertoire. Praised by The Washington Post as “a fine young soprano with a lovely voice...that is well controlled and agreeably warm,” Michele has appeared in concert recently at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Washington National Cathedral. Her repertory ranges from Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music to contemporary art song and chamber opera. Solo engagements include Bach B Minor Mass, Charpentier Te Deum, Faure Requiem, Handel Messiah, Mozart C Minor Mass, Requiem and Coronation Mass, Vivaldi Gloria and appearances with REBEL Baroque Orchestra, Holy Trinity Bach Vespers, Folger Consort, Musica Nuova, and New York Baroque Soloists. Among Michele's contemporary projects are premieres with American Opera Projects, Experiments in Opera, Harlem Stage Opera, and Tribeca New Music Festival. Equally at home with ensemble singing, Michele performs regularly with Pomerium, Western Wind and The Cathedral Choir of Saint John the Divine, and has sung with Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Equal Voices, Trinity Church Wall Street Choir, Vox Vocal Ensemble, and Voices of Ascension. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Michele holds a degree in music from Yale University.
Of the June 2012 production of Monteverdi's Il Ballo delle Ingrate at (Le) Poisson Rouge, it was said by music reviewer Leonard Link:
"I found "Lamento della Ninfa", sung by Michele Kennedy, to be the highlight of the evening and most of the audience agreed with me, bursting into applause at the end of this number. Up to that point, there had not been applause to interrupt the continuous flow of the proceedings, but the performance of this number, and the music itself, were so striking, so very overwhelming, that the audience had to interrupt."