Michelle Nova is a Spinto Soprano, singing teacher, Choral Conductor,
Principal of La Nova Studios, published author and Director of La Nova Singers.
As well as her own professional performing career she has:
· Worked with children in Ireland, Norway, London and Dorset ageing from 7yrs-17yrs giving workshops in singing and performing.
· Formed, BOWHAWK children's church choir, which took part in services across five village churches in the Broadmayne area.
· Taught for the Dorset Music Service.
· Independent and private singing teacher.
· Formed, Bournemouth Opera Workshop, teaching children and adults staged performances as an introduction to opera, operetta, G&S, cantatas, choral classical and light music.
· Taught singing in Bournemouth University and schools across the South.
· In 1991 formed the Casterbridge Youth Opera with children from 9yrs-17yrs, directing and conducting the forty young singers in performances including, The Fire Maid, Pirates of Penzance (G&S), The Snow Queen, Persephone and an abridged version for children of Engelbert Humperdinck's, Hansel and Gretel. They won many music festival competitions, sang on BBC Radio and were invited to perform around Dorset.
· Invited as workshop facilitator for NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) courses on singing, speech, personal presentations for boosting confidence and the understanding of the use of the voice for self-empowerment.
· Festival adjudicator.
· Choral conductor for several choral societies across Dorset.
· An article she wrote on 'The Importance of a Good Vocal Technique' was published in the national magazine of the Musicians Union.
· Invited in 2007 to teach in Sandane, one of Norway's leading Music Colleges, as part of a musical cultural exchange. Norwegian Soprano/singing teacher, Katrine Imerslund, came over to observe and work with students at La Nova Studios.
· As a highly respected teacher, she continues to run master classes, technical vocal workshops and courses including vocal anatomy, choral workshops for adults and the young developing voice.
Author of, Singing Bel Canto – Art & Science. (Available from this web site)
Michelle began choral singing at the age of 14 and commenced her voice training in Dorset at the age of 22. The late Robert Keys, retired musical director at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, encouraged her to study the Italian style of singing, Bel Canto, which she later went on to do in London furthering the voice, studying Bel Canto and General Italian technique with independent singing teacher, Antonio Manzoni. She also received training with Opera 80 and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden working with the renowned ROH chorus director and repetiteur Nina Walker, opera director Richard Gregson and ROH deputy chorus master and repetiteur Dennis Knight for which an article was written in the Sunday Times about her solo performance in Eugene Onegin. She was a founder member of Floral Street Opera, Covent Garden, which was formed as a training company for young opera singers.
Since 1992 she has given concerts and recitals across the UK performing repertoire from opera, operetta, sacred, classical song and Lieder in German, Italian, French, Latin, Russian and English and in Ireland and America, including a one-hour live broadcast on Classic FM, interviews on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Guernsey, Radio Solent and Hope FM. She has had articles in newspapers and magazines about her professional singing and teaching work in London, Dorset, Ireland and Norway.