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Brangain, The Love Potion, Boston Lyric Opera

"Soprano Michelle Trainor gave one of the most thorough and satisfying performances of the evening as Isolt’s loyal servant Brangain. Trainor, an alumna of the company’s Emerging Artist program, has clearly emerged. Musically, her voice is richer and more expressive than ever, and she in particular embodied the simultaneous passion and restraint of Martin’s musical approach to the legend."

Opera News

Brangain, The Love Potion, Boston Lyric Opera

“Michelle Trainor displayed a powerful, penetrating soprano as Brangain.”

The Wall Street Journal

Marcellina, Le Nozze di Figaro, Boston Lyric Opera

“Michelle Trainor as Marcellina has a gift for comic timing and her facial expressions provide another level of commentary at every turn.”

The Theatre Times

Jocasta, Oedipus Rex, Stravinsky

"Singing in her deep soprano register terrified, while elsewhere her confutations of the oracle’s capability of telling the truth intensified in higher voice; it seemed no one could have been better cast."

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Berta, The Barber of Seville, Boston Lyric Opera

“Michelle Trainor’s Berta was a comedic and vocal treat.”

The Boston Globe

Berta, The Barber of Seville, Boston Lyric Opera

“Michelle Trainor (Berta)’s comedic timing was as precise and potent as her extraordinary voice.”

The New England Theatre Geek

Mrs. Peachum, The Threepenny Opera, Weill

Michelle Trainor playing Polly Peachum's mother was a Brooklynite-esque bravado that delivered both a ton of laughs and one of the more memorable pre-show announcements about cell phones I have seen in the theater

Arturo Fernandez, Schmopera

Mrs. Peachum, The Threepenny Opera, Weill

Although rarely performed by a professional opera company, Boston Lyric Opera and Director James Darrah have brought together an ensemble of artists whose acting skills pair nicely with their stellar vocal talents to distinctively portray the cast of memorable characters. Across the board, the characters are brought to life and Weill's score is beautifully conveyed by these major players...Michelle Trainor (Mrs. Peachum), oozing malevolence and the perfect helpmate to her husband

Nancy Grossman, Broadway World

Mrs. Peachum, The Threepenny Opera, Weill

The company assembled an excellent cast of young, singing actors who brought off to perfection the music, the dialogue and the comedy...Equally amusing was Michelle Trainor's outrageous performance as Polly's raucous mother.

Ed Tapper, Edge Media Network

Mrs. Peachum, The Threepenny Opera, Weill

Michelle Trainor as Mrs. Peachum nearly stole the show every time she appeared on stage, which was not often enough. Loud, vulgar, with an outsized presence, she had the pizzazz the show desperately needed. (BTW, Trainor, a veteran of the BLO’s “emerging artist” program, is turning out to be the best dramatic soprano in town – just a couple of weeks ago she delivered a very fine Jocasta in Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex” for Emmanuel Music, an entirely different sort of role.)

David Bonetti, Berkshire Fine Arts

Helen McDougal, Burke and Hare, Grant

The evening’s most truly disturbing moment came when Burke and Hare’s ladies, both sung and acted to despicable, harpyish perfection by Michelle Trainor and Heather Gallagher, stripped off a trembling Slattery’s hat and jacket before his character’s (unstaged) murder

Zoë Madonna, Boston Globe

Helen McDougal, Burke and Hare, Grant

As viciously funny partners in crime, Margaret Hare (soprano Heather Gallagher) and Helen McDougal (soprano Michelle Trainor) exist in the musical realm of the lower-class musical hall and pantomime: their hysterical duets build tension and propel all of the other characters toward their tragic destinies.

Laura Stanfield Prichard, Boston Musical Intelligencer

Helen McDougal, Burke and Hare, Grant

Filling out the cast were Michelle Trainor and Heather Gallagher, who sang rich and glowing phrases as Burke and Hare’s companions, Helen McDougal and Margaret Hare respectively.

Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review

1. Es gibt ein Reich - from "Ariadne auf Naxos" by R Strauss 5:49
Michelle Trainor sings ``I am full of happiness`` - Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten

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