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The Singing Life

Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung has traversed the globe fulfilling two of her life passions, world travel and entertaining audiences on the grandest stages. As a classical and opera singer, she has performed in some of the finest opera houses and concert halls in the world, including Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Staatsoper Berlin and the Opera National de Paris. The multi-Grammy Award winner will often appear with the New York Philharmonic, The Met Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. When she is not off in a faraway land singing Verdi or Wagner, she likes to tend to her poodle Tibbett and laughs with her husband.

What are you working on?

I have so many things to be thankful for, and lots of exciting upcoming ventures…one being a tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London with Esa-Pekka Salonen, singing the Immolation Scene of Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, in Ravello, Italy; Athens, Greece; and Granada, Spain.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about my 50-pound poodle Tibbett! I am passionate about singing and music. I love hiking and nature. I love good food and good wine. I love to travel. I love to laugh.

How do you make others close to you happy?

I try to be very loving and honest with them. I find people are often not honest anymore, and I don’t think it’s doing any of us any good. Honesty from a trusted friend or loved one is priceless.

When is the last time you laughed out loud?

I love to laugh and try to do it every day. The last time I laughed out loud was today at something my husband said.

What is your “go to” book, movie or TV show that lifts your mood?

Live Happy magazine is one thing that lifts my mood. Also, I love movies like Notting Hill or Bridget Jones’s Diary…but The Vicar of Dibley always makes me laugh out loud.

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