BiographyMichèle Crider is today one of the most important sopranos in the Italian operatic repertoire - one of the few great Verdi voices of our time.
She completed her vocal studies at the University of Iowa. After winning twice the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions, she continued her studies at the Zurich Opera House Studio. Michèle Crider was a finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition and won one of the first three prizes at the International Geneva Music Competition. This award allowed her to debut with the role of Leonora in 'Il Trovatore' in Dortmund and to participate in the International Grand Prix, which she also promptly won.
Ms. Crider is a regular guest at the world's major opera houses, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, New York's Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the state operas of Vienna, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg Milan Scala, the Arena di Verona, Zurich Opera House, Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bastille Paris, Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Amsterdam.
The artist made her US debut in a new production of AIDA in San Diego in the year 1996!
As a concert singer, Michèle Crider performs at the Salzburg Festival, in Orange, Ravenna, Edinburgh, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Frankfurter Alte Oper, the Wiener Musikverein, the Salle Pleyel and the Barbican Center London with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchester National de Paris, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne.
She works with great conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Nello Santi, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Semyon Bychkov, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Chailly and Colin Davis.
The soprano's 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, MADAMA 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, Santuzza in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Desdemona in OTELLO!
Recently completed and future guest performances: Deutsche Oper Berlin and Wiener Staatsoper- TOSCA! Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto- Opera Gala, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra - OTELLO / Desdemona and Concert, National Theater Mannheim- TOSCA, Israeli Opera - ERNANI / Elvira and TOSCA, Aurora Opera in Malta - TOSCA GALA (Shicoff / Pons), Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra-VERDI REQUIEM and FOUR LAST LIEDER, Barcelona Liceu- OPERN-GALA, Göttweig Abbey and Cathedral Square in Linz- OPEN AIR CONCERT "Elina Garanca and Friends", Mexico City- Mineria Mahler Festival- MAHLER 8. SYMPHONY, Classic Open Air Solothurn- OTELLO / Desdemona and IL TROVATORE / Leonora, DON CARLO, AIDA, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra / Suntory Hall - ROSSINI'S PETITE FAIR SOLENNELLE, CONCERT SERIES with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra!