"A siren's aria, sung with seductive strophic urgency by the excellent and engaging soprano Michele Kennedy, whets the appetite for more."
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" possessing "a graceful tonal clarity that is a wonder to hear" (SF Chronicle), Michele's concert venues include Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Bard Summerscape, Getty Museum, Lincoln Center, Powell Symphony Hall, and Washington National Cathedral.
Michele's recent highlights include the Bach Magnificat and St. John Passion, with San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Handel Messiah with Trinity Wall Street, Poulenc Gloria with Bach Society of Saint Louis, and Smith Moore's Scenes from the Life of a Martyr at UC Berkeley. She's done The Monteverdi Vespers with Dark Horse Consort & The Thirteen, Bach Cantatas w/ American Classical Orchestra, and Caccini/Strozzi works with Folger Consort, alongside Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream with SF Ballet. This year she's debuted with Agave Baroque (In Her Hands), Shenandoah Bach Festival, Berkeley Early Music Festival, and Portland Baroque Orchestra in June of 2022 for some Handelian Fireworks. In December, she was featured by Agave & Pacific MusicWorks in Seattle -- In Mary's Hands: Christmas in Story & Song.
Michele's new music adventures include Aaron Siegel's I Will Tell You The Truth About This at NYC's Schomburg Center and Florence Price + Dina Shilleh songs in recital with Mimesis Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. In 2021, she debuted with Ars Minerva, Les Délices, Alexander String Quartet, and Opera Lafayette in trailblazing digital forums. Most recently, she's premiered a Songbook of newly written works with NYC's Five Boroughs Music Festival. And after singing Julia Wolfe's Fire In My Mouth w/The Crossing & New York Philharmonic in 2019, Michele joins Lorelei Ensemble for a '22-23 world premiere tour of Wolfe's Her Story w/The Nashville, SF, Boston, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.
A graduate of Yale University and NYU, Michele is committed to working toward greater equity and representation for BIPOC, LGBTQ, and female voices across the field. A lover of redwoods and bay vistas, Michele lives in Oakland with her husband, visual artist Benjamin Thorpe, and their daughter, Audra May.
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