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|Soprano Michele Sexton has been
hailed in the press as “tremendous”, “an artist worth discovering” with her
“big, flexible voice and shining tone” and character portrayals that are
“mesmerizing”, “stirring” and “affecting”. Michele’s is a passionate,
life-long love of music and performing that has taken this versatile performer
to the stages of opera, operetta, concert, and musical theater. Recently
she has been doing concerts and performances with Boheme Opera and Union
City Opera in New Jersey and recently was the Beggar Woman in a production
of Sweeney Todd at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare festival in PA. She
was soprano soloist on an Asian Tour with Quality Artists. She also performed
the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Hawaii Opera..
She performed a gala concert with Boheme Opera NJ. She sang from Mozart’s Idomeneo for the Metropolitan Guild’s Lecture series at Lincoln Center. In February she performed La traviata with the same series. Thiis season she performs "Flavors of Puccini" - Il Trittico with the Metropolitan Opera Guild on November 14. She also sings in An American Singers Songbook with Bristol Riverside Theater Dec. 6-16. In January she leaves for St. Petersburg Opera Company and will perform Lily Vanessi/Kate in Kiss Me Kate from feb 2-10, 2019.
Ms. Sextons repertoire of operatic roles includes Donna Anna, Fiodiligi, Countess Almaviva, Konstanze, Violetta, Alice Ford, Mimi and Musetta, as well as Antonia, Juliette, and Micaela. The world of operetta finds Michele at home in the roles of Hanna in The Merry Widow, and her critically acclaimed portrayal of Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus.
Ms. Sexton has performed extensively with opera companies, festivals, and musical groups throughout the United States and Europe including, Opera New Jersey, Des Moines Metro Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, Springfield Regional Opera in Missouri, The Shaker Mountain Performing Arts Festival, Opera in the Ozarks, and New Opera Festival di Roma. She has appeared as a soprano soloist with the New Jersey Pops Orchestra, Festival Orchestra of the Atlantic, and the Garden State Symphonic Band.
Michele’s musical gifts were evident at a very early age. By the age of five she was hitting the high notes along with Julie Andrews to recordings of “Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins”. As a child, Michele studied piano but always preferred singing and began studying voice in her teens. She spent much of her late childhood and young adulthood starring in musical theater, from “OKLAHOMA!” and “Annie” to “Grease” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”. She went on to receive a Bachelor and Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, financing her education by winning the title of Miss New Jersey and taking top prizes as a double preliminary competition winner in talent and swimsuit. She went on to distinguish herself on national television as a Top Ten Finalist in the 1993 Miss America Pageant, singing “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca. Her commercial resume is available on request.