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Bay Shore Lyric Opera


Breathtaking, passionate, inspiring opera for the community


Michelle Lajeunesse (mezzo-soprano) completed her Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Vinson Cole. This year, she sang Flora in La Traviata with Sacramento Opera as well as with the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, the roles of Maddalena in Rigoletto and Carmen in Carmen with Verismo Opera, and will sing Suzy in La Rondine with Opera San Jose. Next year she will sing Flora in La Traviata with Opera San Jose and will be the alto soloist in St. John's Passion with the Early Music Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Matilda Hofman. She is a former fellow with the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College. She has performed the roles of Fidalma in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen, 2nd Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte Nina in Pergolesi’s Lo Frate’nammorato, the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Sister Mathilde in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and China Tea Cup in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges. Ms. Lajeunesse was born and raised in San Jose and is a student of Sheri Greenawald.