F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
Michèle's debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra singing 'Jiu Er' is streaming on Medici T.V.
Calgary Hearld, Così fan tutte review: "Michelle Cusson’s straight-up Fiordiligi distinguished itself most with her show-stopping Act I stamina piece ‘Come scoglio’. It was very fine indeed, nearly flawless in fact, and a really commanding performance. Ms. Cusson has great range (not always the case for many Fiordiligis in our time) and she handled the traditional bravura aria squarely, with all its death-defying coloratura. This type of Mozart aria was a staple going back to his first operatic successes in his teenage years, but ‘Come scoglio’, written at the end of the composer’s life, sets the bar highest in technical and interpretive demands as a kind of summa for all dramatic coloratura sopranos. To see Ms. Cusson handle the aria with such ease and confidence gave the entire production added credibility. Ms. Cusson acts well with her singing voice too....she brought the required gusto and characteristic earnestness to the role of Fiordiligi, particularly in Act II, where it was needed most." Stephan Bonfield.
Opera Canada: Review of Jakobin with Canadian Institute for Czech Music, Toronto:
"There was some strong singing......Michèle Cusson sang lyrically and sympathetically as Julie. She particularily impressed in her Act III interactions with ...(the) Count." John Gilks
The Epoch Times: "At her New York performances, Cusson skillfully scaled-down her sizeable vocal assets to sing the Countess’s aria, “Dove sono,” from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” She fully inhabited the character, dramatically communicating her anguish at her husband’s infidelity during the introductory recitative, while serenely recalling the joys of her lost love in the expressively shaded lyrical aria that followed...Cusson has the vocal resources and musical intelligence to achieve a major career. Hers is a voice of great potential, which is still developing. It will be gratifying to hear this gifted artist in heavier roles in the future" Michael Sherwin