Michelle Francis cook

Michelle Francis cook

Spinto Soprano

International Italo-Australian Spinto Soprano, Based in Europe
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«"The revelation of the evening, however, is Michelle Cook..She possesses a lovely rich tessitura and her vocal control is so complete it allows impeccable phrasing that builds the tragic character layer by layer. Her soprano reminds me of the nobility of Tebaldi." - John Slavin»
, THE AGE. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (2016)
«"Elegante e precisa... Michelle F Cook, vibrante madama cortese" - Davide ANNICHInI»
L'Opera Flash, Italia (2016)
«"Michelle cook as GEORGETTE is quite simply a star. she has a noble tessitura and rich sensual lower tone. there a half a dozen title roles i can think that i would, if necessary, run across broken glass to hear her sing." - John slavin»
the age, Melbourne Australia (2016)
2017Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2017D'Albert: TieflandPepas
2017Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
2017Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2016Verdi: La Forza del DestinoLeonora
2016Bizet: CarmenCarmen
2015Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder für Sopran und OrchesterSoprano
2015Verdi: Il TrovatoreLeonora
2015Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaSantuzza
2014Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaSantuzza
2011Wagner: ParsifalSecond group of flowermaiden, first voice
2010Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2010Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Prilepa
2008Strauss R.: ElektraVierte Magd
2008Wagner: Die WalküreGerhilde
2008Britten: Death in VeniceStrawberry Seller
2005Puccini: Madama ButterflyKate
2003Mahler: Symphony No. 2, C minor (Auferstehungssymphonie)Soprano
2003Puccini: Il tabarroGiorgetta
2003Puccini: La BohèmeMimì

Bio


Italo-Australian soprano, Michelle Francis&nbspCook, studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Australia, where he received her degree in opera and won the award for Best Voice. She continued operatic studies at the Australian National Accademy of Music (ANAM) and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Formazione, Italy; Campus Opera, Gran Canaria, where he studied with professors of notable prestige like Erik Halfvarson, Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Margaret Baker Genovesi, Paolo Washington and Deborah Polaski, her teacher. Shortly after graduation, Michelle Marie performed the roles of Mimi, Giorgetta, and Anne Trulove in the Melbourne City Opera and Opera Australia (OzOpera). She has won several awards, including the Acclaim Award, which included singing the role of Madama Cortese, Il Viaggio a Reims, Rossini, for the Florence Opera, Italy. Michelle performed Le Donne di Giacomo Puccini, Australia, and roles in the Puccini Festival, in Torre del Lago, Italy in Madama Butterly and Turandot. Her repertoire includes the Vier Letzte Lieder of Strauss and the Wesendonck Lieder of Wagner, both with Orchestra. Michelle has recorded a CD with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, and has sung at the Opera de Oviedo 'Alredador of' concert of Massenet and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mozart. Since 2007 Michelle has sung roles in the Gran Teatre del Liceu: 4th Magd and Schleppträgerin of Elektra, Strauss, and later the returned with Pepa Tiefland and Prilepa in Pikovaya Dama, roles in Die Walküre with Placido Domingo, Der Rosenkavalier, Les Mamelles de Tiresias, and recently a Flower Maiden in Parsifal, Wagner. Her recent roles performed with orchestra include Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Carmen (Bizet). In 2017 she will perform the roles of Tosca with opera2001 
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Tosca Floria Tosca Immediately Opera2001 2017
D'Albert: Tiefland Pepas 1 week Gran teatro del Liceo, Barcelona 2017
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Contessa d'Almaviva No 2017
Puccini: Tosca Floria Tosca Opéra-Théâtre De Massy 2017
Verdi: La Forza del Destino Leonora No 2016

Awards

1 ST PRIZE, ST. CUGAT, CAMERATA, BARCELONA
2016
1 ST PRIZE, ACCLAIM AWARD, PUCCINI FESTIVAL, AUSTRALIA
2016
1 ST PRIZE, MAGGIO MUSICAL AWARD, AUSTRALIA
2016
Best voice, VCA melbourne
2017
SEMIFINALIST, Belvedere competition, austria
2017
FINALISTA / More than opera - german scholarship
2017
FINALISTA / International zandonai competition, Italia
2017