Michele Capalbo

soprano

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Critical Acclaim

...a real Aida. Michele Capalbo has a genuine voice, from a lower register she actually uses to high floating pianissimos.

— The New York Times (Aida)

 

 

Michele Capalbo performed a world-class Aida, passionate, subtle and vocally satisfying. Her "O patria mia" had the audience of several thousand screaming for more.

— Opera News (Aida)

 

 

Throughout the work Ms. Capalbo displays a rich and polished lyric voice full of color and fluidity. Her rendition of the work's famous aria "Vissi d'arte," is strikingly honest and varied, full of powerful waves of vibrato and soft tenuous lines that hang on the top of the scale, then descend in a flurry of passion. 

— New York Sun (Aida)

 

 

The highest praise of the evening however, should go to Capalbo, whose delightful voice is founded both on solid technique and a subtle musicality. Her Italian diction was impeccable, and her noble and dignified Tosca evolved as the work progressed.

— Opera Canada (Tosca)

 

 

(Capalbo’s) voice, particularly in the upper reaches, is by turns warm, sultry, and brilliant. 

The Boston Globe (Tosca)

 

 

Michele Capalbo, the Desdemona, can be safely added to the short list of Canadian sopranos with true Verdian lustre. 

— Montreal Gazette (Desdemona)

 

 

Soprano Michele Capalbo brought not unwelcome spinto weight and scale to the Governess's part, always retaining enough lyric grace for some lovely halftones and skillfully applied high pianissimos. An attractive and affecting stage figure, Capalbo gave a nuanced, compelling reading of this challenging but wonderful role. 

— Opera News (Governess, The Turn of the Screw)

 

 

Canadian lyric soprano Michele Capalbo is a rising superstar whose particularly luminous Leonora nearly stopped the show with her soaring bel canto aria "D'amor sull'ali rosee." Her crystal clear voice floated easily up to its high Cs (and higher), enthralling the audience with her impeccable control and feather-light pianissimo. 

— Opera Canada (Leonora, Il Trovatore)

 

 

Musically the production relies on two very strong lead singers. Michele Capalboʼs Lady Macbeth embodies the ambitioned schemer as well as the secretly insecure and guilt-ridden sinner with equal aplomb; her highlight is the sleepwalking scene with its huge dynamic and expressive contrasts. Her strong voice dominates her scenes as much as her singular colour…She enjoys acting as much as singing. 

— Irish Theatre Magazine (Lady Macbeth, Macbeth)

 

 

Capalbo made a radiant Butterfly, the child bride gentle as porcelain who grows into maturity through disaster and heartache. And she has a voice to match, easily floating those stratospheric pianissimos once patented by Montserrat Caballe. 

— The Houston Press (Madama Butterfly)

REPERTOIRE:
OPERA / OPÉRA

BEETHOVEN
Fidelio - Leonore

 

BRITTEN
Peter Grimes - Ellen Orford
The Rape of Lucretia - Female Chorus

 

GIORDANO
Andrea Chénier - Maddalena

 

MASCAGNI
Cavalleria rusticana - Santuzza

 

POULENC
Les Dialogues des Carmélites - Madame Lidoine

 

PUCCINI
La fanciulla del West - Minnie
Madama Butterfly -
Cio-Cio-San
Manon Lescaut -
Manon Lescaut
Tosca -
Tosca
Turandot
- Turandot

 

STRAUSS
Die ägyptische Helena - Helena
Ariadne auf Naxos - Ariadne

VERDI

Aida - Aida

Un ballo in maschera - Amelia

Don Carlo - Elisabetta

Falstaff - Alice Ford

La forza del destino - Leonora

Macbeth - Lady Macbeth

Nabucco - Abigaille

Otello - Desdemona

Il Trovatore - Leonora

Les vêpres siciliennes - Hélène

 

WAGNER

Der fliegende Holländer - Sieglinde

Lohengrin - Elsa

CONCERT

BARBER

Knoxville: Summer of 1915

 

BEETHOVEN
Missa Solemnis
Symphony No. 9

 

BRAHMS
Requiem

 

BRITTEN
War Requiem

 

DEBUSSY
L’Enfant Prodigue

 

DVORÁK
Requiem
Stabat Mater
Te Deum

 

GRIEG
Peer Gynt, Suite No. 2, Op. 55

MAHLER
Symphony No. 8 (Soprano soloist, I or II)

 

MENDELSSOHN
Elijah
Psalm 42

 

POULENC
Gloria
Stabat Mater

 

RACHMANINOV
The Bells

 

STRAUSS
Vier letzte Lieder

 

VARIOUS
Messa per Rossini

 

VERDI
Requiem

 

ARIAS IN CONCERT

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ENGAGED BY:

OPERA COMPANIES

Arizona Opera
Austin Lyric Opera
Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Calgary Opera
Canadian Opera Company
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
DaCapo Opera
Dallas Opera
Dayton Opera
Des Moines Metro Opera
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Edmonton Opera
Fort Worth Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Houston Grand Opera
Kansas City Opera
Kentucky Opera
L'Opéra de Montréal
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Manitoba Opera
National Lyric Opera
New Orleans Opera
New York City Opera
Nickel City Opera
Opera Bergen
Opera Colorado
Opéra de Québec
Opéra de Marseille
Opéra de Monte Carlo
Opéra de Nice
Opéra de Toulon
Opera di Firenze
Opera Illinois
Opera Ireland
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Opera Manitoba
Opera Mississauga
Opera Roanoke
Palacio de Bellas Artes México
Palm Beach Opera
Pensacola Opera
Saskatoon Opera
San Francisco Opera
Seattle Opera
Stadttheater Giessen
Tampa Opera
Teatro Municipale di Piacenza
Teatro Municipal Santiago
Teatro Real Madrid
Teatro Regio di Parma
Teatro Sociale Mantova
Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse
Toledo Opera
Vancouver Opera
Vlaamse Opera

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS

Charlotte Symphony

Connecticut Grand Opera Orchestra

Duluth Superior Symphony

Edmonton Symphony

Eugene Symphony Orchestra

Nashville Symphony Orchestra

Newton Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra

 

 

 

MUSIC SOCIETIES

Boston Pro Musica

Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus

Fondazione Toscanini Parma

Liederkranz Foundation, NY

National Chorale, NY

Ottawa Chorale

Sherwood Productions, Paris

Teatro Grattacielo, NY

 

 

 

MUSIC FESTIVALS

Festival de Lanaudière

Festival de Musique de Strasbourg

Kenora Festival of the Arts

Natchez Opera Festival

Sylvan Opera Festival

 

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