MICHÈLE BOGDANOWICZ

Mezzo-Soprano

BIOGRAPHY

Canadian Michèle Bogdanowicz is firmly established as a mezzo-soprano with “a beautifully expressive voice and ebullient stage personality”, bringing dramatic flair to opera and concert performances throughout North America.

 

She made an impressive debut as Béatrice in Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City, and earned glowing reviews in the title role of Luisa Fernanda with Toronto Operetta Theatre. Michèle brought a fierce strength to the role of La mère in Charpentier's Louise with Voicebox:Opera in Concert. She sang Mercédès on the Canadian Opera Company’s mainstage while a member of their prestigious Ensemble Studio, as well as New Ofglen in Ruders’ The Handmaid’s Tale, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Nancy in Albert Herring.

 

As a guest soloist with Canadian Art Song Project, Michèle impressed the Gallery 345 audience with her “rich, ringing sound” in the world premiere of songs composed for her by Canadian composer Norbert Palej, recorded by Centrediscs and released on CD as “Cloud Light”. While a Fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists Michèle was chosen to present the world premiere of "Facing Forward, Looking Back", songs by American composer Jake Heggie, and premiered Elizabeth Raum’s “The Nanny” with Recitals at Rosedale.

 

Michèle has appeared as a soloist with many of Canada’s leading orchestra and choral ensembles, including Winnipeg Symphony (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony) Ottawa Symphony (Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky), Hamilton Philharmonic (Berlioz' Nuits d'été, Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with Ottawa Cantata Singers.

 

As a Winner of the Ottawa Choral Society’s New Discoveries Auditions, Michèle performed in “Notes from America”, featuring Copland’s “In the Beginning”, and sang an all–Russian programme with Off Centre Music Salon, as well as an all-Debussy programme with Toronto’s acclaimed Aldeburgh Connection.

 

Closing her current season with a sold-out performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Niagara Symphony, Michèle is a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Brott Music Festival in August, and looks forward to Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Kingston Symphony Orchestra in 2017.

As Mistress Slender in Salieri’s Falstaff with Voicebox:Opera in Concert –

“Smooth-toned and fluid [she] enchanted. Charging her revenge aria, ‘Vendetta, sì, vendetta’, with crackling energy, Bogdanowicz lit up the stage.”

Ian Ritchie, OperaGoTo.com

SELECTED ROLES

Mercédès  | Carmen

Béatrice  | Béatrice et Benedict

Cuniza  | Oberto

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Verdi | Requiem

Berlioz | Nuits d’été

Beethoven | Symphony No. 9

Michèle Bogdanowicz, Mezzo-soprano

RESUME

Opera

2016

Mrs. Slender

La mère

2015

Alisa

Béatrice

2014

Cuniza

2013

Cuniza

2012

Luisa Fernanda

2011

Despina

2010

Zweite Dame

2008

Yum Yum

Zerlina

2007

Zerlina

Zerlina

Zerlina

2006

Hansel

Papagena

2005

Mercédès

Susanna

Nancy

Musetta

Roggiero

 

Salieri

Charpentier

 

Donizetti

Berlioz

 

Verdi

 

Verdi

 

Torroba

 

Mozart

 

Mozart

 

Sullivan

Mozart

 

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

 

Humperdinck

Mozart

 

Bizet

Mozart

Britten

Puccini

Rossini

 

Opera in Concert

Opera in Concert

 

Pacific Opera Victoria

Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Mexico

 

Tryptych Concert and Opera

 

Opera in Concert

 

Toronto Operetta Theatre

 

Pacific Opera Victoria

 

Opera Hamilton

 

Toronto Operetta Theatre

Opera Lyra Ottawa

 

Orchestra London

Opera Victoria

Opera Hamilton

 

Canadian Opera Company

COC Ensemble Studio

 

Canadian Opera Company

Merola Opera Program, San Francisco Opera

COC Ensemble Studio

Canadian Opera Company**

Canadian Opera Company**

Oratorio & Concert

2018

Il Tramonto

Chanson perpétuelle

2017

Symphony no. 2

2016

Requiem

Ninth Symphony

Ninth Symphony

Four Lyrical Moments

2015

Symphony no. 2

“The Nanny”

2014

Russian Recital

Messiah

Christmas Oratorio

2013

Four Lyrical Moments

Messiah

Ninth Symphony

Ninth Symphony

2010

Alexander Nevsky

Limericks

2009

Nuits D’été

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2008

Petite Messe Solennelle

Puccini Birthday Gala Concert

12 Emily Dickinson Songs

In the beginning

2007

“Facing Forward/Looking Back”

CBC Recital

Hildegard’s Dream

Winners’ Recital

Canteloube, Rodrigo, Raminsh & Dvorak Recital

Magnificat

Laudà per la Natività del Signore

Chansons de Bilitis

Poulenc & Debussy Recital

Szymanowski, Ravel & Britten Recital

 

Respighi

Chausson

 

Mahler

 

Verdi

Beethoven

Beethoven

Palej

 

Mahler

Raum

 

Various

Handel

Bach

 

Palej

Handel

Beethoven

Beethoven

 

Prokofiev

Sommers

 

Berlioz

Mendelssohn

 

Rossini

Puccini

Copland

Copland

 

Heggie

Various

Alejandro Viñao

Various

Various

Bach

Respighi

Debussy

Various

Various

 

Sinfonia Toronto

Sinfonia Toronto

 

Kingston Symphony

 

Brott Music Festival, Hamilton

Brevard Music Centre Alumni Concert

Niagara Symphony

"Cloud Light" CD

 

Krehm Memorial Concert, Toronto

Recitals at Rosedale*

 

Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto

Bach Elgar Choir, Hamilton

Pax Christi Chorale, Toronto

 

Gallery 345, Toronto*

Bach Elgar Choir, Hamilton

Brott Music Festival, Hamilton

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

 

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

 

Hamilton Philharmonic

Hamilton Philharmonic

 

Ottawa Cantata Singers

Opera Santa Barbara

Ottawa Choral Society

Ottawa Choral Society

 

Ravinia Festival, Steans Institute*

National Arts Centre, Ottawa

New Music Festival, University of Toronto

New Discoveries, Ottawa

Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Toronto

Orchestra London, Ontario

Orchestra London, Ontario

Aldeburgh Connection, Toronto

Heliconian Club, Toronto

Heliconian Club, Toronto

* World Premiere
** Cover

Accomplishments

EDUCATION

2008 | Institut canadien d’art vocal, Montréal

2007 | Ravinia Festival -Steans Institute, Chicago

2005 | San Francisco Opera Merola Opera Program

2004–06 | Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Member

2001 | Brevard Music Centre, North Carolina

1999–2000 | Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme

2000 | Orford Festival, Québec

1996-2002 | University of Toronto Faculty of Music Honours Bachelor of Music in Performance & Diploma in Operatic Performance

 

AWARDS

2007 | Merola Career Grant, San Francisco Opera

2006 | New Discoveries Auditions for Young Artists, Ottawa

2005 | Merola Career Grant, San Francisco Opera

2005 | Canadian Opera Company Award

2004 | Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Grant

2002 | Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Grant

2002 | Poulenc Prize- Les journées de la musique française, Montréal

2001 | Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation Grant

2000 | Toronto Symphony Orchestra Tom Thomas Award

2000 | First Place – NATS Competition

1998 | First Place – National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition

 

VOICE TEACHERS

1996–Present | Voice studies with Jean MacPhail

 

SPECIAL SKILLS

English and French spoken fluently, basic conversational Spanish

Able to sing in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Hebrew, Czech, Polish and Russian

 

Falstaff

Louise

 

Lucia di Lammermoor

Béatrice et Bénédict

 

Oberto

 

Oberto

 

Luisa Fernanda

 

Cosí fan tutte

 

Die Zauberflöte

 

The Mikado

Don Giovanni

 

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

 

Hansel and Gretel

The Magic Flute

 

Carmen

Le nozze di Figaro

Albert Herring

La bohème

Tancredi

PRESS KIT

DOCUMENTS

Updated May 2016

 

AUDIO

Bizet

Près des remparts de Séville

Carmen

 

Mendelssohn

Woe unto them
Elijah

 

Strauss

Chacun à son goût

Die Fledermaus

 

Verdi

Liber scriptus
Requiem

 

REVIEWS

As Mistress Slender in Salieri’s Falstaff with Voicebox:Opera in Concert –

“Smooth-toned and fluid [she] enchanted. Charging her revenge aria, ‘Vendetta, sì, vendetta’, with crackling energy, Bogdanowicz lit up the stage.”

Ian Ritchie, OperaGoTo.com

 

On the “Cloud Light – songs of Norbert Palej” Recording –

“Michèle Bogdanowicz commissioned Palej's ‘Four Lyrical Moments’ in 2013, and the set was premiered as a gift to her father, who was displaced from Poland during WWII... Bogdanowicz sings with her rich, ringing sound, and she seems to find freedom in the folk-like songs.”

Jenna Douglas, Schmopera.com

 

In Recital at Gallery 345, Toronto –

"Bogdanowicz’s dramatic abilities shone in songs that were by turns dark¸ droll, or dynamic."

Leslie Barcza, BarczaBlog.com

 

In the title role of Luisa Fernanda with Toronto Operetta Theatre –

"The key roles belong to women, and Michèle Bogdanowicz as Luisa Fernanda sang magnificently."

Paula Citron, Classical 96.3 FM

 

As Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Pacific Opera Victoria –

"Despina, the maid, looks a bit like Deborah Harry; [her role is] played and sung attractively... Michèle Bogdanowicz's Despina is sly and spunky… having fun, not doing harm."

Kevin Bazzana, The Times Colonist

 

In recital with the Ottawa Choral Society –

"... Bogdanowicz has a wonderful voice and made a significant contribution to the piece [Copland's ‘In the beginning’], but she made a stronger impression still when she and Larkin returned to the stage without the chorus. The occasion was a moving rendition of Copland's ‘Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson’... Copland was able create a song cycle, one of the finest in English, that offers different insights and beauties even as it partly obscures the quiet simplicity of the poems. Bogdanowicz and Larkin, accompanying her on the piano, set forth rich and persuasive performances of each song."

Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

 

As Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Lyra –

"...the two singers who stole the show were Valerian Ruminski and Michèle Bogdanowicz…the young Canadian singer lit up the stage with her beautifully expressive voice and ebullient stage personality. She is a talent to watch."

Denis Armstrong, The Ottawa Sun

 

“Les autres protagonistes sont à l’avenant. Le couple Zerlina/Masetto séduit par le charme et l’élégance vocale. Michèle Bogdanowicz campe une paysanne affriolante dotée d’un beau soprano léger mais à l’émission franche et agissante. Quelle classe son «Vedrai carino» et davantage encore son «Batti, batti o bel Masetto», le moment le plus sensuel de la soirée avec, dans sa partie finale, ce caressant accompagnement des violoncelles.”

Réal Boucher, Le Magazine de l’Opera et du Monde Lyrique

 

As  Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Pacific Opera Victoria –

"Superior vocal and acting abilities are revealed by… Michèle Bogdanowicz [who] reveals her flirty side as the coquette Zerlina."

Grania Litwin, The Times Colonist

 

As Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio –

"Michèle Bogdanowicz was an ideal Papagena, perfectly matched in sound, perkiness and sense of joy with Peter Barrett’s Papageno."

Christopher Hoile, Stage-Door.org

 

As Mercédès in Carmen with the Canadian Opera Company –

"...sopranos Michèle Bogdanowicz and Virginia Hatfield generate more sexual energy in their supporting performances as Carmen's cohorts"

John Coulbourn, The Toronto Sun