"Kennedy's smooth and velvety timbre rose to a polished sheen above the combined forces of the Chorus and Orchestra, melding beautifully with the other performers in the Poulenc Gloria."

 

   - KDHX, Saint Louis

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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 recent venues include Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Bard Summerscape, Getty Museum, Lincoln Center, Powell Symphony Hall, and Washington National Cathedral.   
Michele's been thrilled to sing the Bach Magnificat, St. John Passion, and Christmas Oratorio, Charpentier In Nativitatem, Handel Messiah & Dixit Dominus, Mozart CoronationC Minor Masses, Faure Requiem, and Undine Smith Moore's Scenes from the Life of a Martyr in recent seasons. She's presented The Monteverdi Vespers with Dark Horse Consort & Voices of Ascension, Bach Cantatas with American Classical Orchestra, and works of Caccini/Strozzi with Folger Consort. This season she debuted with Bach Society of Saint Louis (Poulenc Gloria), SF Choral Society (Christmas Oratorio), Trinity Wall Street Choir (Messiah), and The SF Ballet (Mendelssohn's Midsummer). Michele's new music adventures include Aaron Siegel's I Will Tell You The Truth About This at NYC's Schomburg Center and songs by Florence Price and a world premiere by Dina Shilleh in recital with Mimesis Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. After debuting Julia Wolfe's Fire In My Mouth w/The NY Philharmonic & The Crossing in 2019, Michele will soon debut with Lorelei Ensemble in the world premiere of Wolfe's Her Story with the Nashville, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and National Symphony Orchestras.  

A graduate of Yale University and NYU, Michele is committed to working toward greater equity and representation for BBI, LGBTQ, and female voices across the field.  She aims to further this work from her living room while sheltering at home. A lover of the redwoods and bay vistas, Michele lives in Oakland with her husband, visual artist Benjamin Thorpe.