Named Chicago's "Artist of the Year" for 2006 by the Pioneer Press, Michelle Areyzaga has appeared in a wide range of principal operatic roles for organizations including Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Lyric Opera's "In the Neighborhoods," Opera Birmingham, Opera Theatre North, DuPage Opera Theatre, Light Opera Works, Chicago's Silk Road Initiative, and Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México. Ms. Areyzaga's extensive concert work includes performances with London's Royal Academy of Music, the Phoenix and San Antonio Symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, members of the Israel Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (with James Conlon at the Ravinia Festival). An avid solo recitalist and chamber musician with performances through-out the United States, she has appeared with the New York Festival of Song for the past four season, including opening its 20th Anniversary season (2007–2008) on a program titled "No Song is Safe from Us."
Ms. Areyzaga's awards include top prizes from the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions and the William C. Byrd International Young Artist, Marguerite McCammon, Union League Civic & Arts Foun-dation, American Opera Society, and Bel Canto Foundation Midwest Competitions. Ms. Areyzaga's recent CD, The Sun Is Love, featuring music by Gwyneth Walker, is available on the Proteus label.