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"Singing what must be her first attempt at this role (or close to it), Michele Capalbo proved to have the vocal heft for the part and was able to sing the demanding lines with not only requisite strength but also beauty of tone. Imperious and haughty in her famous opening aria, In questo regia, she was also able to project the emotional sensitivity needed at the end of the opera when she ultimately chooses to respond to the man who has given everything to win her her love. It was an impressive performance."
Read full review.

GO BIG OR GO HOME: Calgary Opera embraces Puccini's grandest work with lavish and lush take on Turandot. Read full story in the Calgary Herald.


"The best singer of the show is Michele Capalbo, playing the hapless doormat Liu - foolishly in love with the idiot stranger who doesn't love her back. Her voice is like an angel, almost outworldly." -

The premiere of Persis Vehar's opera SHOT! will be presented by Nickel City Opera at Shea's, Friday night, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 at 2:30. Hear interview on WNED Radio (Buffalo/Toronto)


New York-based soprano Michele Capalbo arrived in Saskatoon with rave reviews of performances from around the world under her belt. And as Madame Butterfly, she uses her impressive vocal instrument to its full capacity, colouring both high and low notes with emotional intensity. Her acting is also superb, and provided a nuanced glimpse into her character's descent into madness. The range needed for this part is daunting: First executing the precise hand movements of a geisha, progressing to wild facial expressions of deepest sorrow. But this is an artist at the top of her musical and theatrical game, and she easily woos the audience into loving and mourning for this tragic figure. Read entire review in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.


Getting to the heart of Tosca: Michele Capalbo on challenges, rewards of role. Read entire story in the Ottawa Citizen.

Tosca review in Buffalo News - "Michele Capalbo, for starters, is a vivid, spitfire Tosca. She has played the part about dozen times and knows her way around the character's dichotomy - devout Catholic on one hand, passionate diva on the other. Her voice is sure and her combination of naivete and strength was such that, when she broke into tears, I teared up too." - Read full review


Michele Capalbo has her company debut with the Vancouver Opera as Tosca. New reviews in the Vancouver Sun, and the Huffington Post.

"As the jealous title diva who sacrifices all for her love, soprano Michele Capalbo brings a rich patina and intensely nuanced colorations to the onerous part. Her well-known aria "Vissi d'arte" spans vulnerable, tremulous quiet and rafter shaking fire to the point where one overeager but understandably smitten opera nut hollered out "Brava!" during a pause before the song's final bars." -, Vancouver.

Winnipeg Free Press reviews Michele Capalbo in Aida.
"Canadian soprano Michele Capalbo is the embodiment of the long-suffering Aida, in love with Radames, captain of the guard. In dramatic stance, she sang of her contradictory loves for her father, the Ethiopian king, her country and Radames. We could feel her heartbreak through the passion of her lithe singing in Ritorna vincitor, every note crafted to shimmering perfection. Capalbo's ability to make the softest pianissimo note build and swell into a booming fortissimo is nothing short of extraordinary. (And she makes it seem easy.)"


"Call her Aida - Soprano Michele Capalbo taking on difficult role for the 19th time in Manitoba Opera production". Read the interview in the Winnipeg Free Press.


Michele Capalbo to debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore, November 2012.

DENVER POST - "In Opera Colorado's "Il Trovatore," Denver-bound soprano Michele Capalbo shows she knows her way around Verdi" - Read full story

Manitoba Opera announces their 2012/13 Season, Michele Capalbo to star as Verdi's Aida, April 2013.

Michele Capalbo to debut with Opera Colorado as Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore, April - May 2012.


Michele Capalbo returns to the Palm Beach Opera to perform Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San).

Michele Capalbo to perform Aida with Calgary Opera, April 2011. See Calgary Opera podcast to learn more about the production.

February 2012, Michele Capalbo performs Manon Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) with Maggio Musicale in Florence Italy. Bruno Bartoletti conducts.


Michele Capalbo's debut with the Canadian Opera Company is October 21 and runs through November 5. Don't miss the COC Podcast in which she discusses the role of Aida and her Christmastide album.

Michele Capalbo is interviewed by Toronto's Now Magazine about the COC's upcoming production of Aida. Click here.

San Francisco Opera announces their 2010-11 season. Michele Capalbo's company debut will be as Aida, November/December 2010. Visit for details.

Canadian Opera Company has announced their 2010-11 season including Michele Capalbo's COC debut as Aida in a new production directed by Tim Albery. Visit for more information.

Michele Capalbo is interviewed in the South Florida Classical Review.

The Canada Council for the Arts Michele Capalbo is awarded a Career Developement Grant by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Michele Capalbo performing Desemona (Otello) with The Palm Beach Opera this January.

Michele Capalbo makes THE IRISH TIMES quotes of the year:
""A little light reading. Helps take my mind off things when the crazies come calling". - Canadian soprano Michele Capalbo on reading Henry James between rehearsals"

FALL 2009

Michele Capalbo to appear on RTE Dublin's THE VIEW on November 17th, 2009.

Michele Capalbo is featured in THE IRISH TIMES (11/13/09)
"THE MEANER THE BETTER - The talented Canadian female lead in Opera Ireland's production of Verdi's 'Macbeth' finds she is revelling in the 'fiendishly difficult' role, writes ARMINTA WALLACEK" - Click here to read the entire story >>

Michele Capalbo's debut album CHRISTMASTIDE is available worldide via iTunes, or directly from this website USA/Canada.

Michele Capalbo's to perform Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) with Opera Ireland (company debut).


Michele Capalbo performs Messa per Rossini at the Festival de Lanaudičre in Joliette, Canada. Paula Citron of writes:
"A completely moving experience...The new surprise was soprano Michele Capalbo who has a thrilling, soaring Verdian voice."


Michele Capalbo to perform Aida (Aida) with Opéra de Nice.

Michele Capalbo performs Verdi's Requiem with the Eugene Symphony
The Register-Guard wrote:
"Michele Capalbo was the standout in the quartet. Her dark-hued soprano voice not only reverberated with power and authority but also rose to the upper reaches of her range with delicate pianissimos. She also displayed an impressive technical virtuosity, including a elegant messa di voce in the solo quartet, "Rex tremendae."

Opera Canada reviews Manitoba Opera's Il Trovatore:
"Canadian lyric soprano Michele Capalbo is a rising superstar whose particularly luminous Leonora nearly stopped the show with her soaring bel canto aria "D'amor sull'ali rosee." Her crystal clear voice floated easily up to its high Cs (and higher), enthralling the audience with her impeccable control and feather-light pianissimo."
Holly Harris, Opera Canada, Spring 2009


Michele Capalbo to perform Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) with to Opéra De Montréal. New Production.


Michele Capalbo's debut album CHRISTMASTIDE is now available for order as a CD or Download. Click here to learn more.

FALL 2008

Michele Capalbo returns to Manitoba Opera to perform Il Trovatore (Leonora) with Richard Margison.


Michele Capalbo with Grand Théâtre de GenèveMichele Capalbo's role debut as Elisabeth de Valois in Verdi's Don Carlos, to be performed in her company debut with the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Winter 2008

Michele Capalbo's company debut with the Seattle Opera is this Feburary. A new interview regarding Tosca has been posted to the Seattle Opera website, click here to read.

Michele Capalbo's role debut as Lady Macbeth will occur on January 19, 25, and 27 with the Dayton Opera.

Upcoming appearances includes Michele Capalbo's role debut in Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) with the The Dayton Opera, and company debuts as Tosca with The Seattle Opera and The Calgary Opera.

Fall 2007

Michele Capalbo performing Desemona (Otello) with L'Opéra de Québec this October.
The Montreal Gazette writes: "Michele Capalbo, the Desdemona, can be safely added to the short list of Canadian sopranos with true Verdian lustre.

Spring 2007

Michele Capalbo can be heard the in Teatro Real's national broadcast of Il Trovatore on Radio Nacional de Espaņam on June 22

Michele Capalbo to perform Il Trovatore (Leonora) with Teatro Real, Madrid.

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Michele Capalbo to performs AIDA (new production) with the Houston Grand Opera on May 5.

Michele Capalbo completes recording sessions in New York City for her first CD. Details to follow.

Summer 2006

New appearances added to 2006-2007 Season including debuts with Stadttheater Giessen and Teatro Real, Madrid. See Schedule Page for details

Spring 2006

Michele Capalbo to perform Verdi Requiem with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra on May 6, 2006.

Michele Capalbo to perform Aida (concert) in Cesena Italy on April 7, 2006.

March 2006

Michele Capalbo's company debut with Opéra de Toulon as Aïda.
Bar Matin writes: "The Aïda of Michele Capalbo is exemplary in all points. She flies across the octaves with happiness and her spun notes are of an expressivity charged with emotion.(L’Aida de Michele Capalbo est exemplaire en tout point. Elle survole les octaves avec bonheur et ses notes filées sont d’une expressivité chargee d’émotion.)

January 2006

Michele Capalbo triumphs as Leonora in Verdi's La forza del destino at Piacenza's Teatro Municipale.
Opera Click writes:
"A splendid surprise was revealed in Michele Capalbo, Canadian soprano, in the clothes of Leonora. We had not succeeded in hearing her in her rare previous Italian appearances and frankly we have been quite astonished to find ourselves in front of such a wonderful artist. The voice, of considerable volume from the heavy fullness and voluptuousness, remains uniform throughout the range to the high notes, which were reached with extreme security. Besides that, she has the ability to manage the breath, allowing herself to fade and use mezzevoci with truly great effect. The "Pace, pace mio Dio" was sung with such security as to make it appear almost simple, with "Invan la pace", begun quietly and then strengthened, a vocal feat that we could define as an authentic miracle. In the end she earned the well-deserved ovation of the public. We deeply hope that Italian theaters will make room for this considerable soprano."
To read the full Italian language review visit

December 2005

Michele Capalbo company and role debut as Manon Lescaut with Teatro Regio di Parma. Marcello Giordani performs Il cav. Renato des Grieux.

Michele Capalbo is awarded a career development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

September 2005

Michele Capalbo performs Aida in Teatro Municipal's new production in Santiago, Chile.
- New interview in Las Últimas Noticias (Spanish) or as translated by Google.

July 2005

Michele Capalbo is featured in Opera Canada's Summer 2005 issue:
"I think I have Verdi DNA," says Michele Capalbo with a laugh. Those who have heard her sing might well agree, since the New York-based Canadian is making a splash as that rarest of birds, a Verdi soprano...

May 2005

Houston Grand Opera debut as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

The Houston Chronicle writes:
"Capalbo plumbs the depths of Butterfly's deep character...In Canadian soprano Michele Capalbo, it had a special singer who knew how to handle the complex sides of the title role, Cio-Cio-San."
Read full review as PDF.

The Houston Press writes:
"Capalbo made a radiant Butterfly, the child bride gentle as porcelain who grows into maturity through disaster and heartache. And she has a voice to match, easily floating those stratospheric pianissimos once patented by Montserrat Caballe."
Read full review as PDF.

And Opera Canada writes:
"Canadian soprano Michele Capalbo was an eminently satisfying heroine. Her full rich voice boasted a strong lower register and a soaring top, and her portrayal, though heavily encrusted with Japanese gestures and movements, was tender and affecting."

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