Dorothy Andries – Pioneer Press

The plaudits attending the début of lyric soprano Michelle Areyzaga were well deserved.

The purity of her tone was exceptional and her stage manner outstanding.

Her clear bell-like presentation was full-hearted and authentic.

At times, especially when Areyzaga was singing in the lower register, the music seemed to embrace her and her voice became another instrument in the ensemble. It was enchanting.

She gave us a fiery encore – the gypsy-like ‘Zaïde’ by Berlioz, clearly demonstrating why she is one of the busiest sopranos in the area.

—Dorothy Andries, Music Critic – Pioneer Press – Oct 7, 2004 (Les Nuits d’été)