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Univ.-Prof.in for solo singing⋅Department of Vocal Studies
Michèle Crider is today one of the most important sopranos of the Italian opera repertoire - one of the few great Verdi voices of our time. Since 2012, the artist has been teaching voice at the Mozarteum University.
Michèle Crider completed her singing studies at the University of Iowa. After winning the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions twice, she continued her studies at the Zurich Opera House Studio. Michèle Crider was a finalist at the Luciano Pavarotti Competition and won one of the three first prizes at the Geneva International Music Competition. This award enabled her to make her debut in Dortmund with the role of Leonora in 'Il Trovatore' and to take part in the International Grand Prix, which she promptly won. She has made guest appearances at the world's major opera houses, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the State Operas of Vienna, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg, the Milanese 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 1996. As a concert singer, Michèle Crider has made guest appearances at the Salzburg Festival, in Orange, Ravenna, Edinburgh, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, in the Frankfurt Alte Oper, in the Wiener Musikverein, the Salle Pleyel and in the Barbican Center London with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchester Nationale de Paris, the Berlin Philharmonic, 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 Travatore and La Forza del Destino, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Elvira in Ernani, Elisabeth in Don Carlo, the title roles in Luisa Miller, Aidoa, 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, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Desdemona in Otello.