Italo-Australian soprano, artist Michelle, studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Australia, where she received her Degree in Voice and received the award for Best Voice. She continued operatic studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Formazione, Italy, and Campus Opera, Gran Canaria. Michelle has studied with prestigious teachers including Erik Halfvarson, Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Margaret Baker - Genovesi, Paolo Washington and Deborah Polaski. Shortly after graduation, Michelle Marie performed the roles of Mimi, Giorgetta, and Anne Trulove with Melbourne City Opera and Opera Australia (OzOpera). She has won several awards, including four Acclaim Awards, which included singing the role of Madama Cortese, Il Viaggio a Reims, Rossini, for Florence Opera, Italy. Since 2005 Michelle performed Le Donne di Giacomo Puccini, Australia, and roles in the Puccini Festival, in Torre del Lago, Italy. Other roles include Leonora, Il Trovatore, Tosca, Puccini and Santuzza, Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascagni which she has performed on several occasions with great success. Michelle has recorded a CD with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic and has sung at the Opera de Oviedo 'Alredador” concert of Massenet, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, (Mozart). As a teacher she was the Head of the Voice Department in Carro De Baco Teatro, theatre academy training more than 150 students contemporary singing over 9 years. She raised us singers to become performers in their own right, including Esmeralda Colette soul singer who was a finalist in The Voice Spain 2016 and Soprano, Nuria Franco who has accomplished her career in opera on the world stages. As a performer she has experience in TV and radio performance, stage and opera. She has developed skills to build confidence, stage presence and guidance in career advice. Michelle has recently been appointed the Australian Vocal Coach and Consultant for the Acclaim Awards Australia. Having been a former awardee in 2003 she now returns with her wealth of knowledge coaching several finalists of the Acclaim Awards scholarship as part of their awards in view of training them further for European opera success.
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