September 1, 2021
Arcady's Voices of Summer concert on Sept. 18
From The Brantford Expositor
"They will be joined by members of Arcady’s professional ensemble of singers, including sopranos Cristina Pisani, Michaela Chiste, and Sarah McQueen, mezzosopranos Nicole Stellino and Kate Walshaw, and tenor Shawn Oakes."
June 5, 2019
Arcady Showcases Emerging Artists
From The Brantford Expositor
"Emerging artists are people that are just graduating from performance degrees,” notes Ron Beckett, Arcady’s artistic director. “As a result, they’re absolutely at the top of their game. The only reason they’re not well known is because they’re young. So, we’re serving as a bridge.''
The 2019 emerging artists performing at Voices of Summer are sopranos Anna Boyes of Oshawa, Angela Gibbon of Toronto, Michaela Chiste of Edmonton, Savanna Sokolnicki of Tennessee, and the Ezra Duo of violist Jacob Clewell of New Mexico and pianist Sasha Bult-Ito of Alaska."
May 9, 2019
Canadian Opera Fest in Cambridge on June 14th
From The Guelph Mercury Tribune
Vera Causa Opera (VCO) will bring its second annual Canadian Opera Festival to Cambridge, June 14... The operas will feature performances by: Autumn Wascher, soprano; Michaela Chiste, soprano; Jorge Trabanco, baritone."
The Ponies Among The Operatic Warhorses
From The WholeNote Magazine
"The new opera company Vera Causa Opera... has chosen a work from the standard repertory for April. This is Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore from 1832 that the company, as per its mandate, will present in three cities in Southern Ontario. Allison Walmsley will sing Adina, James Smith will be Nemorino, Jorge Trabanco will be Belcore, Michaela Chiste is Giannetta and Camilo Rodriguez-Cuadrado is the wily Dr. Dulcamara."
March 4, 2019
Review: Edmonton’s Mercury Opera La Bohème Offers “Emotional Penetration”
From Opera Canada
"Michaela Chiste debuted with Mercury Opera last summer as Frasquita in a one-off performance of Carmen in the badlands of Drumheller. Her Mimì in this production had a fine balance of fragility and hopefulness. Her singing was clear and controlled, and I was impressed with her periodic, convincing bronchial spasms. Chiste is slender, and that helped capture the image of the gradually deteriorating woman who had lived from hand to mouth before her demise."
March 3, 2019
Better than RENT
From I Don't Get It
"It was really interesting to see I think probably a younger singer come out this evening... she herself really played the part of a withering young woman... It was really effective, and she was a great actress... that first act, I just sat there and swooned between Mimi and Rodolfo- I got totally taken in!"
March 1, 2019
Review: Mercury Opera’s La Boheme
From Daze Magazine
"Tenor Adam Fisher plays one of the four lovers of the opera, Rodolfo, and his aria in the first act, where Rodolfo sings to Mimi, is a powerful performance, setting a high bar. Michaela Chiste, playing Mimi, rises to the occasion with her aria, which follows immediately after, and the two keep up their emotional performances throughout."
February 14, 2019
Mercury Opera to Stage 'La Bohème' in Edmonton with NYC Run in the Works
From The Opera Wire
"Mercury Opera will showcase Puccini’s “La Bohème” at the Chez Pierre Cabaret starting on Feb. 27, 2019. The company is known for showcasing opera in new light and this version of the famed opera is set in NYC’s Alphabet City around 1979...The production is set to star Adam Fisher, Michaela Chiste, Lukas Johan, Andrea Gedrasik, Roland Burks, Ian Fundytus, Krista Mulbery, and Rafael Josef."
August 2, 2018
Carmen to be Performed in the Open Air at Badlands Amphitheatre
From Medicine Hat News
The first open air opera in Alberta arrives at the Badlands Amphitheatre Aug. 4 with its soaring arias, live orchestration, enduring melodies and performances by three Canadian opera stars.The three include: Métis/Canadian mezzo-soprano Rebecca Cuddy of Toronto, tenor Boris Derow of Edmonton and soprano Michaela Chiste of Okotoks."
February 19, 2018
Two New Operas Range from Nonsensical Fairy Tale to Gypsy Passion
From The National Post
"Cowtown Opera is presenting the North American premiere of the family-friendly Alice in Wonderland... Cowtown’s production of Alice in Wonderland features a cast of 20 young professionals including Lauren Woods as Alice, Zach Peterson as the White Rabbit, Meghan Goguen as the Cheshire Cat, Ian Fundytus as the Caterpillar, Meaghan Schulz as the Mad Hatter, Steven Morton as the Queen of Hearts and Michaela Chiste as the Dormouse."