Michal Bitan, soprano & declamation

187169Michal Bitan’s musical flexibility has established her as a fine interpreter of styles stretching from the Baroque era to the 21st century. Since making her debut with the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Symphony Orchestra in 2007 in works of Mozart, she has come to specialize in the works of the late French, Italian and German 18th century masters.

Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Michal was launched on to the stage at the early age of 6 when she was invited to sing in the Junior Ankor Choir to which she toured extensively through Europe and the Middle East. During that time she had the privilege to work under great masters such as Zubin Mehta, the late Giuseppe Sinopoli, Kurt Masur and Luciano Berio. Michal was recognized as an outstanding artist by the Israeli army and has been the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Her first operatic appearance was in Tel-Aviv, Israel in Die Zauberflöte, as 1st Child with the New Israeli Opera, and in December last year she was working as understudy for The Hague based company OPERA2DAY, The Netherlands, in Medee, as 2nd Lady, under Hernan Schwartman.

Specialising in 18th century opera and historical acting, she had the opportunity to work with Andreas Scholl, Della Jones, Nancy Argenta, Peter Harvey, Peter van Heyghen, and Barthorld Kuijken. In 2012 she had performed withValiante Musicus, in the role of Dorinda in Orlando/Handel and made her German debut as Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the International Belcanto Academy in Velbert.

Further training has based her in Europe, where she completed Bachelor and Masters Studies in opera and early music with teacher Rita Dams, baritone Andrew Schroeder, bass Peter Kooij, counter-tenor Michael Chance and soprano Jill Feldman at the Royal Conservatoire Den Haag, The Netherlands. She recently finished preparing the title role of Iphigenie/Gluck under the direction of David Prins.

Recent performances included the role of Cephise/Le Europe galante (Campra) under Sebastien Marq and touring with the Dutch avant-grade dance company T.r.a.s.h with the original dance performances Sofia, Disorderly Conduct, and Enchanted Room. It also saw Michal’s early music ensemble A Dialogue on a Kiss in its’ first International tour featuring Elizabethan lute song repertoire as well as various performances of J.S. Bach’s Cantatas.

Michal’s current projects include a CD recording of sacred and profane 17th Century lute songs with the American luthenist Earl Christy.