ABOUT THE ARTIST

MICHELLE MURRAY FIERTEK

Bach B Minor Mass, Garden Grove, CAConnecticut lyric soprano Michelle Murray Fiertek possesses a wide ranging repertoire for the concert stage. Equally at home with the intimacy of art song and the grandeur of opera, her dramatically powerful approach to the performance of vocal music has earned her both critical and popular acclaim. Her singing has been described as “Exemplary” (BBC Music Magazine), “First-rate. Engaging and authentic” (New York Concert Review), and “Alive and full-blooded” (Arizona Republic).

 

 

 

(Above Photo - Blossoms in Flight - Orleans Historical Society, Orleans, MA)

 

 

Bach B Minor Mass, Garden Grove, CAIn the 2014-2015 season Michelle, together with Boston composer Kaeza Fearn, brought the colorful program “Blossoms in Flight: A Celebration in Song” to The Orleans Historical Society in Orleans, MA, Music on the Hill Concert Series at Kensington Congregational Church in Kensington, CT, and Winchester Unitarian Society in Winchester, MA. The program featured the world premiere of Fearn’s “Autumn,” a setting of a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem composed for the occasion. In addition she has joined forces with Connecticut pianist Michael Korman to form the duo Songs Exposed. Songs Exposed was a recent guest artist duo for “East Meets West: Embracing Nature,” a concert with the All Connecticut Chinese Chorus. For more information about the duo’s upcoming events please visit http://songsexposed.com

 

(Above Photo - Songs Exposed - Grace Lutheran Church, Hartford, CT)

 

 

Bach B Minor Mass, Garden Grove, CAAs part of Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November Festival she appeared as Sylvia in composer/librettist David Wolfson’s mini opera Rapture. She will return to HOT in May 2015 as (Miss Pinkerton/June Jinkins) in the double bill The Old Maid and the Thief/An Embarrassing Position at the beautiful Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.

 

 

 

 

(Above Photo - HOT New in November, Hartford, CT)

 

 

 

Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, NYCA singer with diverse interests and experience, in her early years Connecticut lyric soprano Michelle Murray Fiertek appeared in numerous musicals and opened “The Voyage of the Little Mermaid” for Disney MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in Orlando, FL, as one of the original Ariels. She went on to work as the lead singer aboard the S. S. Discovery I and, in 1995, became the first American singer to be invited to perform both Japanese and American music in Minakami, Japan.

Under the name Michelle Murray she has released two collaborative albums with pianist David Murray on the Summit Record label: Blue: The Complete Cabaret Songs of William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein (2003), described as “exemplary” by BBC Music Magazine, and The Juliet Letters (2006). Michelle made her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2005, performing selections from her Cabaret Songs album in Weill Recital Hall. Her performance was described as “First rate – engaging and authentic” in New York Concert Review.

 

(Above Photo - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, NYC)

 

Particularly interested in both new American and Spanish art song, Michelle has premiered works by contemporary composers including California composer Adam Gubman’s Fungi from Yuggoth, and created both the role of Turtilina in Boston composer Kaeza Fearn’s 2009 Plasticlopus: A Puppet Operetta, and the role of Agnes in the world premiere of Arizona composer Kenneth LaFave’s opera American Gothic.

Teatro CajaGRANADA Isidoro Máiquez, Granada, SpainIn 2007 she was invited to study and perform Spanish Art Song in the Festival Internacional: Interpretación de la Canción Española in Granada, Spain under the direction of such famed musicians as pianist Miguel Zanetti and mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza


She returned to Granada in 2009 as a guest recital artist and lecturer for the program.

 

 

 

(Above Photo - Teatro CajaGRANADA Isidoro Máiquez, Granada, Spain)

 

 

 

Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, NYCMichelle has been a faculty and guest recital artist at venues including California State University, San Bernardino; Arizona State University; California State University, Long Beach; California Baptist University; Georgia Southern University; and The Hartt School, University of Hartford. She has also been featured throughout the United States as a soloist in many large-scale choral works, including Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's B Minor Mass and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Messiah. Michelle currently resides in CT, where she performs and teaches.

 

 

(Above Photo - Bach B Minor Mass, Garden Grove, CA)

 

 

MY VIDEOS

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See How a Flower Blossoms
Ben Moore
Soloist: Michelle Murray Fiertek
Pianist: Kaeza Fearn

Cantarcillo
Eduardo Toldra
Soloist: Michelle Murray Fiertek, Pianist: Stephen Scarlato

Cantarcillo   Eduardo Toldra Soloist: Michelle Murray Fiertek, Pianist: Stephen Scarlato
Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion
George Frideric Handel
Soloist: Michelle Murray Fiertek, Orchestra: Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion   George Frideric Handel Soloist: Michelle Murray Fiertek, Orchestra: Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

“Exemplary.”

…BBC Music Magazine