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Praised by Opera News for her “bright, well-focused tone,” soprano Micaëla Oeste’s 2012-13 season includes debuts with Los Angeles Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Opéra National de Montpellier as Virtù and Pallade in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla reprsing Croyble in Thais, as well as with Gotham Chamber Opera as Flavia Gemmira in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo. In future seasons, she sings Pedro in Don Quichotte with San Diego Opera. Last season, she sang her first performances of Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Polish National Opera and Croyble in Thais and L’Infante in a concert performance of Le Cid in a return to the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. She also joined Placido Domingo in concerts for the inauguration of the new Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman as well as with the Zagreb Philharmonic in Croatia and at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City.
She recently returned to Washington National Opera for Oscar in Un ballo in maschera. While she was previously in the company’s prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, she triumphed in her second season in Ophélie’s famously difficult and ethereal mad scene in Hamlet as she stepped in mid-performance for Acts III and IV of the opera. Also while at Washington National Opera, she sang Nannetta in Falstaff, the Woodbird in Siegfried, First Niece in Peter Grimes, and Annina in La traviata. Other recent performances include her return to Chicago Opera Theater as Créuse in Charpentier’s Médée following previous performances of Giunone in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Gilda in Rigoletto in performances conducted by Domingo at Beijing’s Reignwood Theaer, and both Lucy in The Telephone and the title role in Amelia al ballo at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. She made her international debut at the Piccinni Festival in Bari as the title role in the composer’s La Cecchina, ossia La buona figliuola.
On the concert stage, she previously appeared at Beijing’s Reignwood Theater for a concert of opera favorites that included excerpts of the title role of Linda di Chamonix and Ilia in Idomeneo. In recital at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, she sang arias and scenes from Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and Ophélie in Hamlet in addition to Italian song. And as a guest soloist, she sang Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 in concert at Northern Illinois University.