Michelle Areyzaga, BM

Instructor of Music
photo College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location: Parolini Music Center
Telephone: 630-844-5529
Fax: 630-844-7830
Email Address: areyzaga@aurora.edu

American soprano Michelle Areyzaga is in demand among highly regarded orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed operatic roles with New York City Opera in Telemann's Orpheus as well as in their VOX series, and has appeared in leading roles with Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s In the Neighborhoods programs, Opera Birmingham, Ravinia Festival, and Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.

As an orchestral soloist, she has appeared with Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Richmond Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, Rochester Symphony, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and North Carolina Symphony, among others. She sang the first Bach B minor Mass in the country of Costa Rica, under the baton of Maestro John Nelson.

Ms. Areyzaga’s operatic roles have included Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro; title role, Madama Butterfly; Cunegonde, Candide;  Adina, L’elisir d’amore; Despina, Così fan tutte; Zerlina, Don Giovanni; Pamina, Die Zauberflöte; Lauretta, GianniSchicchi; both Musetta and Mimì, La bohème and Casilda in The Gondoliers.

Known as a foremost interpreter of vocal art song and chamber music, Ms. Areyzaga has been a repeat guest of the New York Festival of Song under the direction of Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Chicago Ensemble, as well as Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, and the Tucson Desert Song Festival. She has collaborated with the Avalon String Quartet, the Cavatina Duo, and the Lincoln Trio, and has been selected to perform world premieres of many new works by American composers.

As a recorded artist, she has performed song cycles by Gwyneth Walker on The Sun Is Love (Proteus). Other recordings include Songs from Spoon River (Cedille) by Lita Grier and The Small Hours, songs by William Ferris. She has sung numerous times in both live and programmed broadcasts on Chicago’s classical music radio station WFMT.

B.M. with honors - Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University 

Areas of Specialization
Opera performance
Art song literature
Vocal pedagogy

Courses Taught
Applied Voice

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions:
Lead opera roles
Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, return engagement with Opera Birmingham
Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Birmingham 
Adina in L‘Elisir d'Amore with DuPage Opera Theatre
Also appearances with  Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago's "In the Neighborhoods," Opera Theatre North, Chicago Light Opera Works, and Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.

The Sun Is Love:  Song Cycles by Gwyneth Walker with Jamie Shaak, pianist, Proteus
Songs from Spoon River:  Reflections of a Peacemaker, Cedille Records
The Small Hours:  Vocal Music of William Ferris, on WFC Live! 101
Solo performances with
The New York Festival of Song 
Ravinia Festival Day of Music
Chicago's Silk Road project, aired on public television
National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Costa Rica, under the baton of John Nelson
"Bernstein on Broadway" with both the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival and at the Tilles Center in Long Island, NY.  Chandler Hall Concert series, Randolph, Vermont
Flint Michigan Symphony, conducted by Nir Kabaretti
St. Charles Singers, including concerts in Paris with London's Royal Academy of Music
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Master Singers, Alan Heatherington, conductor
Wichita Symphony Orchestra
Rhode Island Philharmonic
The Chicago Ensemble
North Shore Choral Society

Julian Autrey Song Foundation, New York, City, grant award
William C. Byrd International Young Artist Competition, 2nd prize
National Association of Teachers of Singing, 1st prize, Chicago competition
Selected for study with distinguished international faculty at Steans Institute for Young Artists, Ravinia
OperaWorks Summer Intensive Program, Los Angeles
Chicago Opera Theatre Alan Stone Debut Artist Series