In demand for her commanding, rich voice and versatility, Soprano Michelle Minke offers inspired performances informed by years of top training, international professional experience and a heartfelt excitement for adding to Calgary’s cultural identity as the founder and Artistic Director of Cowtown Opera.
Michelle has been named as one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 by Avenue Magazine and was a recipient of the Mayor’s Enbridge Emerging Artist Award for her commitment to the vibrant arts community.
She maintains a busy schedule performing Opera throughout the country, teaching at Mount Royal University Conservatory , and producing shows with Calgary’s newest and hottest Opera Company, Cowtown Opera.
You may have seen her recently performing in Calgary Opera’s outdoor festival ” Opera in the Village” as Edith in Pirates in Penzance or as the opera singer flying in the air in last years Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show.
Accompanying Ms Minke on piano, Evan Mounce has most recently been music director for The Sound of Music (Cowtown Opera), Anne of Green Gables (Central Memorial), and Oliver (Ernest Manning), and pianist for Hansel and Gretel (Calgary Opera).
He accompanies and coaches voice students at U of C and Ambrose University College, and is the organist at St. Matthew’s United Church. Evan attended the collaborative piano programs at Opera NUOVA, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, the Vancouver International Song Institute, Opera on the Avalon, and worked as an apprentice coach at St. Andrews by the Sea this summer.
He holds a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Toronto.