Charismatic soprano Dr. Michelle Vought has earned an excellent reputation throughout the world as a performer in a variety of venues from the opera house to the concert hall to the cabaret. In all of her performances, the unique singer brings a fresh sincerity and captivating vitality to her every performance quickly endearing herself to any audience for which she performs. Most recently (August 2011), the soprano travelled to the Czech Republic where she did the role of Ophelia in the world premiere recording of the opera Hamlet with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. She was one of three American singers in the recording studio for the new work by Austrian composer Nancy Van de Vate. The international recording company, Vienna Modern Masters, is expecting to release the recording in early 2012.
In the opera world, Vought has performed with many opera companies including Cincinnati Opera, West Coast Opera, Kentucky Opera, Whitewater Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Brevard Opera, Sorg Opera, and the Northern Kentucky Opera. Some of her roles include the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflote), Musetta (La Boheme), Micaela (Carmen), Violetta (La Traviata), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Flora (The Knot Garden), Armida (Rinaldo), Konstanze (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail), First Lady (Die Zauberflote), and Nannetta (Falstaff). She has also performed extensively in the operetta and musical theater genres bringing such roles to life as Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Yum Yum (Mikado), Gianetta (Gondoliers), Maria (The Sound of Music), Laurey (Oklahoma), Carrie (Carousel), Tuptim (The King and I), and Maisie (The Boyfriend).
Equally comfortable on the concert stage, the soprano has concertized in Europe, as well as in the United States performing in the operatic and oratorio genres with such orchestras as: the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Asheville Symphony, the York Symphony, the Gettysburg Festival Orchestra, the Pueblo Symphony, the Czech Janacek Academy of Music Orchestra, and the Slovak Radio Orchestra. Ms. Vought was featured as a soloist on a tour of Italy and Switzerland where she sang the Faure Requiem and the Mozart Missa Brevis in F Major with the Orchestra of Brno, Czech Republic.
A specialist in contemporary music, Ms. Vought has performed widely in the repertoire both at the national and international levels. Recognized for her expertise in the genre, she has been invited to perform and lecture at various conferences in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Ireland, Canada, and throughout the United States. In addition, she has done six recordings for the International Vienna Modern Masters label, a recording company which specializes in contemporary music. The soprano produced and starred in the world premiere of Nancy Van de Vate's opera Where the Cross Is Made in which she created the role of Sue Bartlett. She is also featured on the world premiere recording of the opera which was released in the summer of 2006 on the international Vienna Modern Masters label.
During the spring of 2007, the soprano performed a concert tour across Austria and Slovakia, the highlight of which was a televised concert at the home of the American ambassador to Slovakia. In July 2008, the soprano returned to Europe to serve as a master teacher at the Orvieto Musica, a music festival set in Orvieto, Italy.
Recognized for her versatile and charismatic stage performances, Ms. Vought created and produced a one woman show entitled Madame Monsieur, a delightful, fast-paced cabaret show during which she performs favorites from the operatic and musical theatre genres. This novel romp showcases Michelle as Madame Diva performing standards from the female repertoire only to return as Monsieur Divo after intermission in dapper, dashing male attire to perform great works from the male repertoire. Since Madame Monsieur has met with rave reviews wherever performed, Vought has created second and third shows entitled Encore: Madame Monsieur! and Madame Monsieur Magnifique. She continues to tour all three shows throughout the United States returning every fall to Provincetown, Massachusetts for Women's Week to give Madame Monsieur performances.
A cancer survivor herself, Dr. Vought is especially proud of her cancer benefit concerts from which she has generated over $10,500 for cancer patients. With an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College(Pennsylvania) and a master's degree from Converse College (South Carolina), she completed her doctorate at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Vought lives in Normal, Illinois where she holds the rank of Full Professor of Voice at Illinois State University.