"Like the Romantic ideal of art, Patrice Michaels' voice is both natural and passionate" says Classical CD Digest. "A formidable interpretative talent" (The New Yorker), Ms. Michaels receives raves for her "poise, musicianship and impressive fioratura" (Los Angeles Times), "a voice that is light, rich and flexible" (Opera News), and "pinpoint-accurate...bravura" (Boston Globe).
Ms. Michaels has performed on stage, in concert and in recital since her debut with the Cleveland Opera. Operatic appearances include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Central City, Tacoma Opera, The Banff Centre, and Chicago Opera Theater. She has been guest soloist of the Shanghai, Czech National, St. Louis, Atlanta, Phoenix, and MinnesotaOrchestras, the Maryland Handel Festival, Kansas City and Virginia Symphonies, as well as New York's Concert Royal, Chicago's Music of the Baroque and the Maverick Festival. Recital appearances include guest artist with Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Schubert Club of Saint Paul, three seasons at the Festival of Contemporary Music in Havana, Cuba, tours of Central and South America with Trio Chicago and Friends, with pianist John Browning for Music at the Supreme Court and at Guanajuato's international Festival Cervantino.
Ms. Michaels can be heard on more than twenty five critically acclaimed recordings, including fourteen on Chicago's Cedille label, cedillerecords.org. She is featured most recently there in INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song. A advocate for the music of contemporary composer Laurie Altman, she can be heard singing his compositions in On Course on Albany Records and in the recently-release Sonic Migrations recording on the Neos lable (Switzerland).
A Mozart specialist, Patrice Michaels tours a special concert released on the Cedille label, Divas of Mozart's Day. This dramatic concert with special guest Peter Van de Graaff was presented in Salzburg during the summer 2006 anniversary celebrations. Ms. Michaels is featured on the Amadis recording of the Requiem and on Music of the Baroque's Great Mass in C Minor. She makes Chicago her home, and serves as Director of Vocal Studies at the University of Chicago.