Michelle Mallinger received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from San José State University (CA) in 1998. She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where she received her Bachelor of Music degrees in Choral Conducting (2003) and Voice (2005). In 2006 she received her post-graduate diploma in opera from the Flanders Operastudio in Ghent, Belgium. She was a finalist in the Concours International de Chant Baroque de Chimay 2004 and a semi-finalist in both the 2007 Brunnenthaler Competition for Early Music in Austria and the 2008 Spazio Musica competition in Orvieto.
Michelle’s operatic roles include Dido from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, La Messagera from Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Béatrice from Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict. In 2007 she was a member of the Hamburger Kammeroper’s production of La Cenerentola where she sang the title role 52 times. Michelle made her first commercial recording with Dirk Vermeulen and the Flemish orchestra Prima La Musica in 2008 with Four Native American Songs by Erik Lotichius. Michelle has sung solos with such conductors as Reinbert de Leeuw, Jos Vermunt, Arie van Beek and Erik van Nevel. Other highlights include the solos in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, an English lute song recital and Haydn programme in the Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe concert series. Between 2010 and 2016 Michelle was a soloist with the Haarlemse Opera and has participated in their first three productions. Her most recent production was La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc, with pianist Charlie Bo Meijering, and stage director Hans Nieuwenhuis.
Michelle Mallinger is a voice teacher at the Choir School of Haarlem. She conducts the female chamber choir Baba Jaga and gives private voice lessons.