“Most striking perhaps was the performance of mezzo Michelle O’Rourke, intensely staring down the audience like the embodied figure of music herself, only there to disappear with the last note of her song.” – Liam Cagney, musicalcriticism.com
Michelle O’Rourke is an Irish singer currently based in Dublin & Berlin. Her natural, direct sound and unaffected expressivity make for a performer of rare dynamism.
Over the last two years Michelle has found most inspiration in the work of living Irish composers. She has been involved in the commission, premiere and touring of works by Garrett Sholdice, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Judith Ring and Andrew Hamilton, amongst others.
Michelle performs regularly with Ergodos musicians (with whom two CD releases are expected on Ergodos Records). Recently she has performed as vocalist with the lauded Crash Ensemble, with whom she will perform at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival this November, and as alto soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra.
Recent projects have included a song cycle for voice and chamber ensemble, titled Here I am, commissioned from Linda Buckley with support from the Irish Arts Council and Recueillement, a chamber opera by Garrett Sholdice. Upcoming and ongoing projects include a new set of songs for voice and strings by Judith Ring, an opera project with Greek composer Evangelia Rigaki and Tryst, a performance partnership with NYC-based vocalist Nora Ryan.
At Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012, Michelle will perform a Huddersfield short of music for voice and tape, featuring music by John Cage, Garrett Sholdice and Judith Ring.