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Alumni update: Micaela Oeste

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Opera Santa Barbara Studio Artist Alum, Micaele Oeste recently earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Créuse in Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s rarely heard “Médée” at Chicago Opera Theater – Brava, Mica!

•  Créuse, Micaela Oeste also made an impressive Chicago debut. The Arkansas native has a bright and flexible soprano and she sang with technical ease and vocal gleam. She also brought a charismatic presence and consistent engagement to Medea’s rival with the genuine pathos of her death scene offering the most compelling moment of the evening. (Lawrence A. Johnson | Chicago Classical Review)

• Oeste is irresistible to Jason and the audience.  Her spirited singing enthralls in lively flirtations and deadly lamenting with her betrothed. It’s a sparkler affair that dazzles. (By Katy Walsh | The Fourth Walsh)

• Soprano Micaela Oeste’s tangy-voiced Creuse sang like a dream, most notably in her character’s anguished death scene. (John von Rhein | Chicago Tribune)

• Oeste’s portrait of the spoiled Princess Créuse was deftly drawn. Her red hair falling in Veronica Lake-waves, the American singer was as dangerously seductive and naive as any film noir dame. (Wynne Delacoma | Musical America)


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