"Michelle Todd stood out for her lively stage presence, highly expressive face and delightful singing"
THE TIMES (LONDON)
Hello and Welcome to my website.
2014 is certainly an interesting year for me, not only as as a singer and actress, but also as a voice teacher. I'm feeling very excited and energized to be performing oratorio, chamber music, art song, musical theatre, and presenting vocal masterclasses.
I was thrilled to start the new year by joining the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra at the fabulous Royal Concert Hall and later in the spring I will perform again with the Orpheus Choir in two of my favourite works, Faure and Rutter Requiems.
Performances in Canada will include the challenging Miserere by Allegri coupled with Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.
I am particularly pleased to be joining some new musical friends for a series of special concerts in France.
A very inspiring and varied musical springtime!
The end of 2013 included two successful world premieres by two of Canada's most well known composers, Chan Ka Nin and David MacIntyre, with Ensemble Resonance. Also, three very special performances of Karl Jenkins' Stella Natalis in Calgary. I have performed many of Karl's iconic works in recent years and this is joyous music. I was joined by two terrific musical friends, Jay Michalak, virtuoso trumpeter and Rolf Bertsch conductor. Photographs of these events and other 2013 concerts will be added to the photo page in the next few weeks.
My interview in The Sondheim Magazine has now been added to the News/Info pages on this website. The magazine has iconic photos and articles from not only the London production, in which I sang the role of Young Heidi, but also articles about the 2011 Broadway production.
A new video from the London Sinfonia promoting their wonderful family concert series is now playing on their website www.cityoflondonsinfonia.co.uk
Open the Whats On page and you will find the video included on the Crash Bang Wallop! page. It was filmed live during our recent performance of The Tales of Beatrix Potter. This was my sixth performance with the orchestra and as in previous years, sold out. So we all had a lot of fun.
In other news, a recording of Canadian classical new music, in which I sing as the vocal soloist with Calgary's Ensemble Resonance, was nominated for Best Classical Recording at the 2011 WCMA Awards. The CD is titled "Electrospectives" and involves me singing in Portuguese, Chinese, English and even imitating a Chinook wind!! The score for the duet, Shadows of an Uncounted Journey for voice and violin by Hope Lee, is now available to purchase from Furore Verlag, one of Germany's most prestigious publishers. You can hear some audio extracts from the CD on the recording pages of this website and it is also available to download at CD Baby and itunes.
Ensemble Resonance has a new website and there are some interesting videos including our recent performance at the Western Canadian Music awards. www.ernewmusic.com
I am currently on the Board of the Canadian Voice Care foundation and have also been President of the Inter Mountain chapter of the National Association Of Singing Teachers. Information on these organisations can be found on their respective websites.
Please contact me directly for information about private vocal lessons, adjudicating or masterclass presentations in Canada or UK.
Thank you to The Mayor of Canmore, the Town Council and Arts committee for presenting me with the Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award. It was a delightful surprise and I extend my thanks to my family, friends, teachers, mentors, students, musical colleagues and the audiences who have supported me throughout my career.
I always enjoy receiving emails from visitors to my website and the comments about videos here and on youtube are especially appreciated. The response to Salaam (Nella) Fanatsia has been fantastic and I am happy to include it in as many concerts as possible.
In the meantime, if you are traveling in Alberta Canada, and visiting the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, you can experience a new high definition video called "Wildness Revealed" which surrounds the audience with stunning images of that beautiful environment and wildlife. My voice was used in the soundtrack and I was intrigued to hear how the various instruments and voice were mixed and transformed to complement the breathtaking images.
Hope you visit me again soon.
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