Michelle Kei Ishuu, a soprano of Japanese and American heritage, is from Chicago, Illinois. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University School of Music. She also studied abroad at The Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute where she sang the role of the Queen of the Night. Possessing a captivating voice and stage presence, she has entertained audiences across the country. She “uses her strong dramatic soprano to slice through the ample pit orchestra” in a varied repertoire that encompasses Verismo to Broadway. Her repertoire included the roles of Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte as a guest artist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Angelica in Suor Angelica with Rimrock Opera, Paquette in Candide & Yvette and Georgette in The Swallow with Lyric Opera San Diego and First Peasant Girl in Le nozze di Figaro with San Diego Opera. Her stage credits at Indiana University include the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Fiakermilli in Arabella, Madame Mao in Adams’ Nixon in China, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Lauretta in Bizet’s Dr. Miracle, and Luna 1 in the premiere of Dreamwalker by Lucia Patiño. She has also been a featured soloist with the San Diego Symphony, the Bloomington Chamber Choir, the Japanese Chicago Oratorio Choir and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra with Maestro Erich Kunzel. From 2005 to 2007, Michelle performed for tens of thousands of children and adults in San Diego County as a member of the San Diego Opera Ensemble.
Repertoire with NSMF
Berta – Barber of Seville 2012