Soprano Micaela Oeste's tangy-voiced Creuse sang like a dream, most notably in her character's anguished death scene.
Medea, Chicago Opera Theater;Chicago Tribune
Praised by Opera News for her “bright, well-focused tone,” soprano Micaëla Oeste’s 2014-15 season includes her first performances of Stella in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera Santa Barbara. Last season, she debuted with Opéra de Monte-Carlo as Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, San Diego Opera as Pedro in Don Quichotte, and the American Symphony Orchestra as Magret in Feuersnot at Carnegie Hall. She also joined Plácido Domingo for concerts of opera favorites in Seoul, Korea and at Berkeley’s Greek Theater.
The soprano’s recent performances include Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Los Angeles Opera and Polish National Opera; Virtù and Pallade in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Opéra National de Montpellier; her return to Chicago Opera Theater as Créuse in Charpentier’s Médée following previous performances of Giunone in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria; Flavia Gemmira in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo with Gotham Chamber Opera; Gilda in Rigoletto at Beijing’s Reignwood Theaer; and Croyble in Thais, L’Infante in Le Cid, Lucy in The Telephone, and the title role in Amelia al ballo at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. She reprised Croyble in Thais at the Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla as well as sang a recital while in the city as part of the inaugural Plácido Domingo Festival. She recently returned to Washington National Opera for Oscar in Un ballo in maschera. While she was previously in the company’s prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, she triumphed in her second season in Ophélie’s famously difficult and ethereal mad scene in Hamlet as she stepped in mid-performance for Acts III and IV of the opera. Also while at Washington National Opera, she sang Nannetta in Falstaff, the Woodbird in Siegfried, First Niece in Peter Grimes, and Annina in La traviata. She made her international debut at the Piccinni Festival in Bari as the title role in the composer’s La Cecchina, ossia La buona figliuola and while a young artist with Opera Santa Barbara, she covered the role of Adina in L’elisir d’amore.
On the concert stage, she previously appeared at Beijing’s Reignwood Theater for a concert of opera favorites that included excerpts of the title role of Linda di Chamonix and Ilia in Idomeneo as well as in gala concerts with Plácido Domingo for the inauguration of the new Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman and with the Zagreb Philharmonic in Croatia, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Orkest der Lage Landen at the Ziggodome in Amsterdam, and at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. She recently headlined a concert benefitting Opera in the Rock, a new company in her home state of Arkansas. In recital at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, she sang arias and scenes from Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and Ophélie in Hamlet in addition to Italian song. And as a guest soloist, she sang Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 in concert at Northern Illinois University.
She holds a Master of Music from Northwestern University and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Central Arkansas.
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Hear Micaëla Oeste sing:
O wär ich schon (Fidelio - Beethoven)
♫ O war ich schon (Fidelio - Beethoven).mp3