About Michelle


Born in the small town of Versailles, Kentucky,  soprano Michelle Bradley is a rising star in the opera world.

She is an alumna of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. While there, the soprano appeared in Mozart's Idomeneo under the baton of Maestro James Levine and was the high priestess in Verdi's Aida. During the opening of the Met's 2017-2018 season, Michelle gained much acclaim for her role as Clotilde in Sir David McVicar's new production of Norma.

She has recently appeared in Santiago de Chile as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and on the concert stage as the soprano in Verdi's Requiem at Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's May Festival. Future engagements for the 2018-2019 season include, the title role in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida at Opéra national de Lorraine, Leonora in Verdi's La Forza del Destino at Oper Frankfurt, Verdi Requiem at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and A Child of Our Time with the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Thomas Adès. 

Michelle is the recipient of many prestigious awards. These include the 2016 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, 2017 recipient of the Leonie Rysanek Award from the George London Foundation, and first place prizes in the 2017 Gerda Lissner and Opera Index International Vocal Competitions. She is also a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, the Sullivan Foundation Award, and Lincoln Center's 2018 Emerging Artist Award. 

Michelle received her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University. Her teachers include Andrew Smith, Wilhelmina Fernandez, Myra Merritt, Lois Alba, and Diana Soviero. She has participated in master classes with Stephanie Blythe, Anne Sofie von Otter, Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, James Morris, and Renata Scotto.