SOPRANO MICHELE KENNEDY is a versatile specialist in early classical and new music. Praised by The Washington Postas “a fine young soprano with a lovely voice" possessing "a graceful tonal clarity that is a wonder to hear" (SF Chronicle), Michele has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Bard Summerscape, Getty Museum, Lincoln Center, and Washington National Cathedral. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque and Classical repertoire to new art song, chamber opera, and oratorio works that span the ages.
Michele's recent solo engagements include Bach's Saint John Passion & Magnificat, Charpentier's In Nativitatem, Handel's Messiah & Dixit Dominus, Mozart's C Minor Mass, and Faure's Requiem. Other highlights include MonteverdiVespers of 1610 with Dark Horse Consort & Voices of Ascension, Bach Cantatas with American Classical Orchestra, and works of Caccini/Strozzi with Folger Consort. This season she'll debut with Bach Society of Saint Louis (Poulenc Gloria), SF Choral Society (Bach Christmas Oratorio), and Trinity Wall Street Choir (Handel Messiah). Michele's new music projects include premieres with Contemporaneous, Experiments in Opera, Mimesis Ensemble, The Crossing, Center for Contemporary Opera, Harlem Stage Opera, and Tribeca New Music Festival. An avid ensemble singer, Michele has sung with Cappella SF, Kaleidoscope, Trio Eos, Voices of Ascension, Vox, and Trinity Wall Street Choir.
A California native, Michele studied at Yale University, Yale School of Music, and NYU - she can be heard on the Naxos, Old Hall, and Pro Organo labels. She lives in Oakland with her husband, visual artist Benjamin Thorpe, and divides her time between NYC and the Bay Area.