Praised for her “warm, colorful mezzo” by Opera News, Sophie Michaux has become one of Boston’s most versatile and compelling vocalists. Born in London and raised in the French alps, Sophie’s unique background informs her artistic identity, making her feel at home in an eclectic span of repertoire ranging from grand opera to French cabaret songs.
A consummate singing actor, Sophie is known for her committed portrayals of a wide variety of demanding roles on the opera stage. Sophie recently appeared as Ceres in Boston Early Music Festival’s production of Lalande’s rarely-staged Les Fontaines de Versailles (2020 GRAMMY nominee for Best Opera Recording), garnering acclaim from the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “astonishing range and flexibility.” She has sung the title roles of La Cenerentola (NEMPAC), Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia (Opera Brittenica), and Rinaldo (Boston Opera Collaborative) for which she was nominated as Best Female Performer in an Opera for the 2015 Arts Impulse Theatre Awards. Sophie Michaux was the winner of the 2nd prize of the 2021 Handel Aria Competition, in Madison WI. Sophie has enjoyed the challenge of interpreting a number of modern and contemporary opera roles, among them Anne in To Hell and Back by Jake Heggie (Boston Opera Collaborative), Mrs. Soames in Our Town by Ned Rorem (Boston Opera Collaborative), Higuchi in Troubled Water by Mischa Salkind-Pearl (Guerilla Opera), and Ceres in The Tempest by Joseph Summer (The Shakespeare Concerts).
A 2019 Finalist in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition, Sophie is a sought-after soloist on the concert platform. Recent engagements on the concert platform include the Bach Magnificat (New England Classical Singers) and B Minor Mass (ChoralArt), Beethoven’s Mass in C (Chorus of Westerly), Duruflé’s Requiem (Trinity Church of Boston), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Metropolitan Chorale), and many others. Sophie is a proud core member of Lorelei Ensemble, Boston’s groundbreaking professional women’s ensemble. With Lorelei, she has performed alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra, A Far Cry, and others, and been featured soloist in numerous works from Renaissance polyphony to Björk. She has also sung with Blue Heron and is a frequent professional ensemble member with Boston Lyric Opera. She can be heard on recordings with Blue Heron and is a frequent professional ensemble member with Boston Lyric Opera. She can be heard on recordings with BEMF, Blue Heron, the Lorelei Ensemble, La Cappella Mediterranea, The Revels, and The Shakespeare Concerts.
Sophie belongs to Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a percentage of their concert fees to organizations they care about. Through her performances, she supports The Ocean Clean Up, 350.org (Climate Change), and Give Directly (Direct Poverty Relief).