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Michelle Pretto, soprano, is from New York City. She most recently performed the role of Mimi in Amore Opera’s production of La Bohème which opened in December 2012. Most recent roles performed include the role of the Violetta, again with Amore Opera, in La Traviata, and also First Lady in the Muses Foundation’s production of Die Zauberflote in Arkansas and Antonia in Tales of Hoffman with Regina Opera in New York City. In 2010, she performed the title role in Tosca and the role of Rosalinda from Die Fledermaus with Amore Opera. In 2009, she performed Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the South Shore Symphony (Long Island, NY) and the role of Desdemona in Otello and Leonora in Il Trovatore with the Italian Academy Foundation in Yonkers, NY. In March of 2008, Ms. Pretto performed the title role in Turandot with the Lowell House Opera at Harvard University with the Harvard University Orchestra. Ms. Pretto’s participation in the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) program in Graz, Austria, led her to study German, her fifth language and is where she won third place in their Meistersingerkonzert vocal competition. Back in New York, Ms. Pretto sang the role of Violetta (La Traviata) under the direction of Carmine Aufiero, and in scenes with the Prelude to Performance program under the direction of world-renowned soprano Martina Arroyo. As a resident artist with Dicapo Opera Theater (New York City), she performed Praskowia (The Merry Widow), Suor Dolcina (Suor Angelica), and Madame Lisette Raquin in the premiere of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin. With the Centre Symphony Orchestra (New York City) she sang Mimi (La Bohème). Ms. Pretto has sung for dignitaries at the White House and for the Governors of New Jersey and Arkansas. Ms. Pretto’s creativity and improvisational ability are on display in the feature film Slingshot. Her voice is heard in various commercials and hers is the voice for the doll “Bilingual Betty.” She was heard via radio broadcast as a finalist in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region Opera Company competition (2009). Ms. Pretto is the first ever recipient of a scholarship from The Muses Foundation. In January 2011, she performed the role of Donatella from a new opera by Christof Bergman called Piazza Navona in New York. Upcoming performances include the role of Despina from Cosi fan Tutte with The Muses Foundation in Hot Springs, Arkansas and the title role in Madama Butterfly with Amore Opera in New York City. The dramatic soprano’s current and prospective roles include Manon (Manon Lescaut), Suor Angelica, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), and Aida.


 

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