Emerging Artist Profile:
Michaela Chiste

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Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Soprano
Province/Territory: Alberta
City: Okotoks

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Mimi: City Workers in Love

Florinda: Into the Woods

Previous NUOVA Roles:

2015- 10 Day Program

How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • I am preparing for NUOVA by making time for diligent practice every day. I am dusting off old repertoire and polishing my newer repertoire. I want my music to be as clean as possible so that I have room to grow in entirely new ways!

What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?

  • I attended the 10-day program a couple of years ago, and I was amazed by how quickly I was able to learn so much. I love being able to do what I love every day, all day long. Since I just finished my undergraduate degree, I am hoping Opera NUOVA will give me the boost I need to feel ready to transition from being a student to the professional world of opera. NUOVA's culture is wholly positive; it is centered around self-improvement and being the best singer/person you can be, and I just love that.


Education: BMus in Vocal Performance, University of Alberta

Roles: The Dormouse in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Cowtown Opera), Emmie in Albert Herring (University of Alberta), Gustave in Pomme d'Api (FAVA), The Boy in Der Jasager (University of Alberta), Jennie Hildebrand in Street Scene (HSOF).

Artist Bio     

Michaela Chiste is a young soprano hailing from Okotoks, Alberta. Originally trained as a stage actor, she spent most of her life studying and performing in the dramatic arts and musical theatre before falling in love with opera and crossing over to the world of classical singing in 2013. She studied vocal performance under the tutelage of John Tessier and completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Alberta in 2017.

She has performed as a concert soloist and recitalist both internationally and across Canada. She has sung with Opera NUOVA, Cowtown Opera, the Franco-American Vocal Academy, and the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, among others. She has served as featured soprano soloist in works such as Handel's Messiah, Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and A Ceremony of Carols, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. In 2016, she premiered The Dream, a cantata for soprano and pianoforte by Anders Muskins at the Alberta Mozart Festival.

Some of her career highlights so far include singing the roles of The Dormouse (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Emmie (Albert Herring), Jennie Hildebrand (Street Scene), Gustave (Pomme d’Api ), The Boy (Der Jasager), and Gilmer (Godspell).