WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
A Commanding Presence!
Humour And INspiration
Touched EVEryone in the audience
Her voice… breathtaking in its beauty
Michelle brought the house down
Michelle has given us the impression of a major artistic maturity and she has been blessed with an exceptional expressivity. Truly well done!"
- News Mancuso, Anghiari, Italy
I would be remiss if I didn’t point out Michelle Minke as the most exquisite voice out of a collection of incredibly fine vocal performances. Her rendition of Mimi was wonderful, ranging seamlessly from blushing lovebird to tormented sunset with a sincerity that captivated the audience.
- YYC Earbender, Calgary, AB
Outstanding! Awesome! Thrilling!
I cannot begin to describe the feelings Michelle generated in me - excitement, tears, goosebumps. I know her choice of songs and stories with its humour and inspiration touched everyone in the audience.
- Carol Lynne Gregory, The Women’s Canadian Club of Calgary
Michelle is a delight to work with. She is professional and willing to explore how best to reach the goals of groups and projects she is working with. Michelle has supported our Public Speaking Workshops & Training – helping our staff and agency partners to present with strength, confidence and poise. She has a commanding presence and models how to use your voice and body with grace and skill.
- Heather Innes, United Way of Calgary
Michelle Minke's Elisabetta was every bit as musical, her voice often luscious sounding and at times breath taking in its beauty.
- Leslie Barcza, Toronto, Ont.
Michelle Minke brought the house down at Art Gallery of Calgary’s ARTwear fashion show. Her amazing operatic voice thoroughly entertained the many in attendance.
- Bill Brooks, Calgary Herald
Michelle Minke is a joy to work with, she consistently shows up full of beautiful energy and happiness ready to be a part of the team. Her talent is astounding, but it is her grace, kindness and professionalism that leaves a lasting impression. Michelle's participation in events we have executed has added a wonderful element of finesse and the power of her voice has consistently left people speechless.
- Katy Bond, Katy Bond PR
Michelle the voice
Planning a corporate event, a private party or a special celebration - add a dash of song. A modern pop chanteuse with an operatic delivery, Michelle has a diverse and engaging repertoire to delight you and your guests.
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Michelle the COACH
Michelle commands every stage with a confident presence and brings a unique presentation to your group. To inspire any audience, Michelle brings a performance of confidence, optimism and perseverance told through powerful stories and beautiful songs.
For budding artists and presenters:
Michelle offers customized workshops to make you a star on every stage in life. Find you power voice! Learn how to annunciate, resonate and use your core to strengthen your voice. Building your own career or just making a presentation, Michelle's expertise will coach you to succeed.
MICHELLE THE ALBUM
Pushing the boundaries of classical opera and making a career out of inspired disruption, Michelle's album, Expect the Unexpected, confidently merges genres and invites creative collaborations across the musical spectrum.
The aptly titled debut album cleverly collides genres and performers you may never expect, such as the country's finest in Beatbox, Jazz, Spoken Word, Hip Hop, Rock, Country and Folk. Featuring Juno Award Winner, Al Muirhead, CCMC Award Winners, Mitch Jay and Denis Dufresne of Ghostboy, James Noble, and Canadian Champion Beatboxer, Peterpot.
Michelle Minke is a true renaissance woman. Breathing new energy into opera and constantly pushing the limits—Michelle brings years of top training and international experience to the stage with her boundless vitality and powerful voice. Lighting up any room, Michelle inspires audiences with performances, presentations and coaching workshops.
Trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Michelle performed in opera houses across Europe, Canada and America before returning to her hometown of Calgary. As Founder and Artistic Director of Calgary’s Cowtown Opera, Michelle’s heartfelt excitement for contributing to the cultural identity of her city has earned her a place amongst arts champions.READ MORE
In demand as an exciting performer, an inspirational speaker, and a unique coach, Michelle is a triple-threat soprano. Delightfully ruffling the feathers of tradition, Michelle adapts the classics for a modern audience in her own unique fashion. As an inspirational presenter, Michelle pairs song with a powerful story of optimism and perseverance. Coaching individuals, small groups or large, Michelle brings clients new skills to overcome barriers to speaking publicly, making impactful presentations or commanding the room.
Michelle has been named as one of Calgary’s Top 40-Under-40 by Avenue Magazine, was a recipient of the Mayor's Enbridge Emerging Artist Award and was just named one of Alberta's 25 Inspiring Artists for her commitment to the arts community of Calgary. Her many standout performances in Calgary include her role as Edith in “Pirates of Penzance” with Calgary Opera at Opera in the Village, and as the high-flying soprano in the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show.
Recent appearances for Michelle include Calgary Opera’s The Magic Flute and performing in Beethoven’s 9th with the Calgary Civic Symphony.
STAND BY ME
Feat. Audrey Lane Cockett
Feat. James Noble
Performing at Glenbow Museum fundraiser Schmancy with Broadway Star, Andrew Love
With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Playing Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi at High Performance Rodeo
Promotional photo for Nexen and Calgary Opera
Promotional photo for Nexen and Calgary Operav
Performing #Neverquit Flames Anthem with Cowtown Opera
Performing in What Brought Us Here, World Premiere with Calgary Opera
Performing in Calgary Opera’s Pirates of Penzance
Performing in Calgary Opera’s Manon
Performing in the 2013 Grandstand Show
Performing in the 2013 Grandstand Show
Performing at Calgary’s Diner en Blanc
As Ultimate Space Diva performing aria from the 5th Element
Performing in Calgary Opera’s Gianni Schicchi
Promotional photo by Phil Crozier
SOPRANO | Expect The unexpected
ruffling the feathers of tradition - Michelle adapts the classics for a modern audience in her own unique fashion.
on-stage and on-the-town
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