"Kennedy backs up a warm and powerful voice with versatility;
you have the sense she could sing anything."
- Front Row Center, NYC
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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's recent venues include Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Bard Summerscape, Getty Museum, Lincoln Center, Powell Symphony Hall, and Washington National Cathedral.
Among Michele's recent solo works are the Bach Magnificat,St. John Passion,and Christmas Oratorio, Charpentier In Nativitatem, Handel Messiah & Dixit Dominus, Mozart C Minor Mass, and Faure Requiem. She's performed The MonteverdiVespers 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 (Christmas Oratorio), Trinity Wall Street Choir (Messiah), and The SF Ballet (Mendelssohn's Midsummer). Michele's also premiered new works with Contemporaneous, Experiments in Opera, Mimesis Ensemble, Center for Contemporary Opera, and The Crossing (Julia Wolfe's Fire In My Mouth w/The NY Philharmonic). An avid ensemble singer, Michele sings with Cappella SF, Kaleidoscope, Trio Eos, Voices of Ascension, Vox, and Trinity Wall St Choir. Next season she'll debut with Lorelei Ensemble in the world premiere of Julia Wolfe's Her Story, performing throughout the year with the Nashville, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and National Symphony Orchestras.
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 works largely between NYC and the Bay Area alongside her husband, visual artist Benjamin Thorpe.