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MICHELLE DEYOUNG has already established herself as one of the most exciting artists of her generation. In the past few seasons, she has been seen on the concert platforms of many of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Puerto Rico Symphony, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra, the Concertgebouworkest, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The conductors with whom she has worked include Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Stéphane Denève, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Mariss Jansons, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
DeYoung's many U.S. opera engagements have included Venus in Tannhäuser and Dido in a new production of Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera; Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Waltraute in Götterdämmerung, and Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Venus at the Houston Grand Opera, Brangäne at the Seattle Opera, and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia at the Glimmerglass Opera. In Europe she has appeared as Kundry in a new production of Parsifal, conducted by Boulez, opening the Bayreuth Festival; Brangäne at the Berlin Staatsoper; Marguerite in Le Damnation de Faust at the Paris Opera; Jocaste in Oedipus Rex and Gertrude in Hamlet at the Théâtre du Châtelet; and Fricka in semi-staged performances of both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre at the Royal Albert Hall, London, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Concertgebouw, and the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
In recital, DeYoung has been presented by the University of Chicago Presents series, the Ravinia Festival, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, San Francisco Symphony's Great Performances series, Cal Performances in Berkeley, SUNY Purchase, Calvin College, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), the Edinburgh Festival, London's Wigmore Hall, and Brussels' La Monnaie.
DeYoung's most recent recording, Kindertotenlieder and Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, was awarded the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. She has also been awarded the 2001 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording for Les Troyens (the role of Dido) with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra. Her growing discography also includes Bernstein's Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah" with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin for Chandos, Das klagende Lied with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas for BMG, Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the Cincinnati Symphony and Jesús López-Cobos for Telarc, and Das Lied von der Erde with the Minnesota Orchestra for Reference Recordings. Her first solo disc was released on the EMI label.
This season, DeYoung returns to the Met for the world premiere of Tan Dun's The First Emperor, and makes her debut at the Tokyo Opera as Venus. She also makes appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Met Chamber Orchestra, and the Berlin Staatskapelle