The Veenemans Sopranos

Michelle Veenemans

South African Soprano

"Queen of the High Note"


Michelle Veenemans performing at the State Theatre in Pretoria in the production:
Revelation: Dance for a Cure, 2008
 South African soprano Michelle Veenemans is today a celebrated operatic concert artist, exhilarating audiences wherever she performs as both a virtuous singer and a compelling actress.
She is an admired exponent of opera and operetta showpieces and established her reputation as a dramatic coloratura soprano in showpiece arias such as Mozart’s Konstanze, the Queen of the Night, Offenbach’s Olympia or Gounod’s Juliette, Verdi’s Gilda and Bernstein’s Cunegonde.
 Michelle is an artist in a class of her own. She does not allow you to categorise her easily and she is always good for a musical surprise. Singing with such an extraordinary range she has the technical ability to slip from one fach to the other with undetected ease. One could describe her voice as lyric with dramatic undertones possessing an astonishing high range which she utilises with artistic feeling. All the stratospheric barriers are there to be broken and she does it with aplomb!
 Entertaining her audience is her main priority; playing with lyrical emotions which range from tragedy to comedy, she portrays her characters with her own unique interpretation, always aiming to establish dramatic expectation with a tour de force performance.
"She revels in the dramatic theatricalities of each work, and dominates the stage with confidence and panache". "She is a first-class entertainer, half in an old-fashioned way where the opera stars have their audiences eating out of their hands with entertaining little stories".
Always dramatically dressed in spectacular ball gowns and breathtaking accessories, Michelle can also be delectably impish, not always adhering to what audiences would expect of “a serious concert artist”. Always be ready for some surprise from this soprano! 
To read more about Michelle, visit her at her website 


 Click the play button to listen to Michelle performing the aria Io son l'umile ancella from the opera Adriana Lecouvreur. She is accompanied by South African pianist Paul Ferreira.

Michelle Veenemans - Io son l'umile ancella - Adriana Lecouvreur.mp3