Patrice Michaels „Ein Fragment“



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Über das Stück

„I wrote this poem to reflect both personal and communal expressions of our pandemic time.  During lockdown here in the States, we were struck mute by our own ignorance in the face of a global danger, and then galvanized by a national witnessing of racial intolerance, abuse of power and social uprising. Creating a miniature for Calmus allowed me to express my anger, deal with my frustration and focus my resolve.  Knowing that the beautiful voices of this quintet would come together to bring it to life as part of a larger tapestry of work has provided incredible support and encouragement.“ Patrice Michaels

Ein Fragment

Brenn' es nieder!
Lass es brenn'.
Die Asche steigt
stark und leicht -
sie lebt.
A Fragment

Burn it down!
Let it burn.
The ashes rise
strong and light
they live.


Patrice Michaels is distinguished by vocal virtuosity, compositional curiosity and an eclectic musical personality. Patrice’s live and recorded performances rank her as “A formidable interpretative talent” (The New Yorker), possessing “a voice that is light, rich and flexible” (Opera News). She receives consistent critical acclaim for her many recordings (Albany, Amadis, Cedille, Neos and Decca labels).  Featured appearances include Shanghai, Czech National, St. Louis, Atlanta Symphonies, Cleveland and Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

Patrice’s compositions include REFUGE: Songs of Women’s Suffrage and the 19thAmendment, THE LONG VIEW: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs, incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a one-act opera on The Trojan Women, and more.Her choral work, Refuge was premiered at the Kennedy Center in July 2019.

Patrice recently served as Music Editor for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s eight-volume anthology Resonance: A Comprehensive Voice Series. She is Director of Vocal Studies at The University of Chicago and on the faculty of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.