Specialist InSinging (mezzo-soprano)
BiographyMichelle Breedt, one of the leading mezzo sopranos of her generation, started her career at the Opera Studio in Cologne, before she joined the Staatstheater Braunschweig where she performed a Mozartean and bel canto mezzo-soprano roles as well as non-standard repertoire Diana / Giove (La Calisto), Anna (The Seven Deadly Sins), and Melisande in a production directed by Brigitte Fassbaender who therefore directed her first Octavian, Charlotte (Werther), Carmen, Brangäne and Didon in Les Troyens. The works of Berlioz feature strongly in her repertoire. Michelle Breedt has appeared regularly at the Dresden Semperoper, Staatstheater Hamburg and Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as at the Paris Opera, in Amsterdam, Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, Tokyo and Hong Kong , Weinberg's "The Passenger" premieres in Bregenz at 2010, then at the ENO in London. Forthcoming productions are planned for Houston and New York.
In 2000 she made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Magdalene (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) under Christian Thielemann, returning almost as then for Fricka and Brangäne and in the summer of 2012 her highly successful debut as Venus in Tannhäuser. Appearances at the Salzburg Festival feature in her calendar. The Vienna Opera House (where she was awarded the Eberhard Wächter Medal) and the Zurich Opera, where she added many major roles to her repertoire, and solution as Oktavian, the Composer , Brangäne and Adalgisa.
Recitals and concerts feature in Michelle Breedt's career. She is a regular guest at the Schubertiade Festival in Austria, and has appeared at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berliner Philharmonie and Schauspielhaus, and the Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein. Gerd Albrecht, Christoph von Dohnányi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Marek Janowski, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Christian Thielemann, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and others Franz Welser-Möst.
Michelle Breedt has CDs and DVDs to her credit. Her song recital "Shakespeare Inspired" won the German Critics Award and the Five Star Diapason. Her second recital disc has just been released, "Schubert seasons".