Dr. Michelle Latour, soprano, is active as a singer, teacher and author, performing throughout Europe and the U.S. Her operatic roles consist of Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. Equally comfortable with Contemporary Commercial Music styles and crossover singing, Latour has also performed the roles of Magnolia in Showboat and Daisy Mae in Li'l Abner. Solo appearances with orchestra include 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.
As a recitalist, Latour has presented numerous recitals throughout California, Nevada, New York and the Midwest. 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 Latour.
Teaching voice for over 20 years, she currently serves on the full-time voice faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is the NATS Nevada State Governor. Latour has also 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 30 articles and cover stories in Classical Singer since 2009.
Latour received her DMA 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 MM from Boston University and her BA from CSU Fresno.