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Michelle Trainor

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Versatile singing actress Michelle Trainor is known for her powerful soprano and praised for her comic gifts. An alumna of the Boston Lyric Opera’s Emerging Artist initiative, Trainor has appeared in productions of contemporary opera including the role of Helen McDougal in the world premiere of Julian Grant’s The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare, Miss Lightfoot in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers, and Ofglen in Poul Ruders’ The Handmaid’s Tale. Her 2022-23 season included performances as Clorinda in the Opera Columbus production of La Cenerentola and Lucy in Odyssey Opera’s production of Tobias Picker’s Awakenings in partnership with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and recorded and released by BMOP/sound. In summer 2021, she made her Bulgarian debut, creating the role of Gertrude in the world premiere and recording of Joseph Summer’s Hamlet in a collaboration between the State Opera Ruse, Parma Recordings, and the Shakespeare Concert Series. Recent engagements also include singing Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with IlluminArts, Benoni in Gounod’s La Reine de Saba with Odyssey Opera, Berta in Barber of Seville with both Boston Lyric Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre, Jocaste in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with Emmanuel Music, Milliner in Der Rosenkavalier with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw with Enigma Chamber Opera, Ghita in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg with Odyssey Opera, and the title role in Suor Angelica with Metro West Opera.

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