Dr. Michelle Latour, lyric coloratura soprano, is active as a singer, teacher, and author. She has performed throughout Europe, including Italy, Greece, England, Austria, and Germany. Her operatic roles consist of Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne, Marietta in Naughty Marietta, and Susanna in Susanna’s Secret. Equally comfortable with Contemporary Commercial Music styles and crossover singing, Michelle has also performed the roles of Magnolia in Showboat and Daisy Mae in Li’l Abner.
A versatile performer, Michelle’s singing credits comprise of a variety of solo appearances with orchestra including Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Honegger’s King David, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Coffee Cantata, Wedding Cantata, and Wachet Auf, and The Seven Last Words of Christ by Dubois. Her voice can be heard in the movie Fight Club, and in CD’s by Adam Schattschneider entitled For the Beauty of the Earth, Bluffton University’s release of A Celebration of Music, and in a recording by Studio Voodoo.
An avid recitalist, Michelle has presented numerous recitals throughout California, Nevada, New York and the Midwest, performing works ranging from songs for voice and lute, to George Crumb’s Apparition for voice and amplified piano. She has also performed a solo recital at Steinway Concert Hall in New York City, in addition to having the honor of premiering works by Peter Terry and Igor Korneitchouk, and most recently, presented the world premiere of On the Green Trail, a song cycle composed by Lori Laitman and commissioned by Dr. Latour.
Dr. Latour has presented numerous workshops and master classes throughout the United States, frequently serves as an adjudicator, and has published numerous CD and book reviews and song cycle analyses for the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal and The Kaprálová Society Journal. She has published over forty articles and cover stories in Classical Singer since 2009. She most recently presented a lecture-recital on the vocal music of Vítěszlava Kaprálová at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, a master class presentation on appropriate audition attire at the NATS Great Lakes Regional Competition, and a master class and recital on American Song at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. In January 2008, Michelle presented a lecture-recital on the lieder of Viktor Ullmann, a Jewish-Czech composer who was killed during the Holocaust, at the International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Hawaii. In June 2008, she presented a poster paper session at the NATS National Convention in Nashville, TN, on the same topic. Awards and honors include receiving a NATS Foundation Voice Pedagogy Award, numerous UNLV Faculty Travel Awards, a Bluffton University Research Center summer grant, several Bluffton University Pathways Grants, and twice receiving an Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.
Michelle is past Nevada District Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, past President of the NATS, San Diego Chapter, past Vice President for the NATS, Buckeye Chapter, and a 2004 participant in the prestigious NATS Intern Program. She has also served as a Board of Directors member for the Findlay Arts Partnership, and was a Research Committee member for the National Opera Association.
Teaching voice for over 25 years, she currently owns a private studio in Las Vegas, the LATOUR voice studios (www.thelatourvoicestudios.com). She has previously taught on the full-time voice faculties at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Bluffton University.
Michelle received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, where she was a graduate assistant in the Vocal Arts Department and a USC Scholarship recipient. She received her Masters of Music from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Fresno.