Profile Michele Crider

Michèle Crider is one of today’s pre-eminent dramatic sopranos of her generation. She has been making her mark on both the operatic and concert stages of the world in a remarkably wide repertoire.

Miss Crider studied voice at the University of Iowa. She won the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions twice. Afterwards she left Iowa and went to Zurich where she continued her studies at the studio of the Zurich Opera House. In 1988 she was the finalist of the Luciano Pavarotti competition. In 1989 she won one of the three first prizes at the Geneva International Music Competition. This prize directly led to her engagement as Leonora in Il Trovatore in Dortmund and to her participation in the International Grand Prix, which she then won.

Miss Crider has been heard regularly in the world’s great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House Convent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera in New York, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Staatsoper Berlin, the State Opera Houses in Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Arena di Verona, Rome, Bastille-Paris, Zurich, Liceu-Barcelona and Madrid. Miss Crider has enjoyed a successful concert career. She has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in Orange, Ravenna and Edinburgh, at the Royal Albert Hall London, Carnegie Hall, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Savonlinna, the Salle Pleyel and Barbican Hall in London with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne.

She made her debut in America with a new production of Aida in San Diego in 1996. Then, debuts in San Francisco with Aida and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Madame Butterfly followed.

She collaborates with today’s greatest conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Nello Santi, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Semyon Bychkov, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Chailly and Sir Colin Davis.

Her Repertoire includes the roles of Leonora in Il Trovatore and La Forza del Destino, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Elvira in Ernani, Elisabeth in Don Carlo, the title roles in Luisa Miller, Aida, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Norma, Manon Lescaut, La Gioconda, Odabella in Attila, Lucrezia in I Due Foscari, Giselda in I Lombardi, Imogene in Il Pirata, Margherita/Elena in Mefistofele and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana.

Her latest performances included the return to the German Opera Berlin, the Vienna State Opera and the National Theatre Mannheim with Tosca, to the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto in an Opera Gala with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, and to the Israeli Opera with Ernani. Very lately she sang Verdi’s Requiem with the Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem with the Hamburg Symphony, the Opera Gala at the Barcelona Liceu, the opening concert of the Millstätter Summer Festival, the open air concert of Elina Garanca and Friends and Mahler’s 8th Symphony in Mexico City.

Michele Crider debuted at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora in the title role of Tosca in 2011. This will be her second appearance.

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