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Michelle DeYoung

Michelle DeYoung was raised in Colorado and California. In opera she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Houston Grand Opera; Seattle Opera; Glimmerglass Opera; La Scala, Milan; Bayreuth Festival; Berliner Staatsoper; Opéra National de Paris; Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris; and the Tokyo Opera. Her many roles include Fricka, Sieglinde and Waltraute (Der Ring Des Nibelungen); Kundry (Parsifal), Venus (Tannhäuser), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Dido (Les troyens), Eboli (Don Carlos), Amneris (Aïda), Marguerite (La damnation de Faust), Judith (Duke Bluebeard's Castle), Gertrude (Hamlet), Jocaste (Oedipus rex) and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia. She also created the role of the Shaman in Tan Dun's The First Emperor at the Metropolitan Opera.

Michelle DeYoung has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, and conductors with whom she has worked include Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Sir Colin Davis, Stéphane Denève, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, André Previn, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mariss Jansons and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Her recordings include Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Symphony No. 3 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony which was awarded the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. Her discography also includes Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink; Das Klagende Lied with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas for BMG; and Das Lied von der Erde with the Minnesota Orchestra for Reference Recordings. Her first solo disc was released on the EMI label.

Engagements in 2011 and beyond include performances of Duke Bluebeard's Castle with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the New York Philharmonic; returns to the Houston Grand Opera in the title role of The Rape of Lucretia; concerts with the Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and Chicago Symphony orchestras; and Kundry and Sieglinde for Hamburg Opera.