An accomplished singer and dancer, Michelle received training from various tutors including Rob Anderson, top vocal coaches Mary King, Ann James and Laka D at London’s Royal Academy of Music, the Ulster College of Music and New Zealand National Singing School. She has participated in several vocal and dance masterclasses and is currently completing her ALCM Diploma. Michelle is also a Marketing & PR professional.
Michelle has performed at key events such as Belfast’s ‘Opera in the Gardens’, NI Festival of Remembrance concert and NI Holocaust Memorial event. In regular demand as a soloist, she has shared the stage with West End, Broadway and local talents including Joanna Ampil, Jeff Leyton, Band of the Royal Irish Regiment and many established choirs. Michelle has performed on TV/Radio, is a voiceover artist and has featured in several TV advertisements, working for companies such as Lyle Bailie. She recorded her first CD ‘Unexpected Songs’ in 2008 and is currently working on her second.
Michelle also performs as part of ‘ELLUNA’ music ensemble, ‘THE SODA POPZ’ 1950s rock ‘n’ roll band and ‘CLASSIFIED’ Undercover Singers.
No stranger to the musical theatre scene, she has played lead roles in many productions winning rave reviews from audiences and critics. She was also one of last ten finalists to for a new Broadway show ‘The Pirate Queen’ and sang for acclaimed ‘Les Miserables’ creator Claude-Michel Schonberg.
Michelle’s rich, lyrical voice and impressive three octave vocal range covers a broad style of music and has earned her many awards over the years including the Edinburgh International Music Festival’s prize for ‘Outstanding Vocal Ability’ and most notably, the Association of Irish Musical Societies’ Award for ‘Best Female Singer in Ireland’. She has been nominated for this coveted award three times and is the only female in Northern Ireland to have won it twice. She was also nominated for ‘Best Duet’ at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton.
Theatre Credits: Pirates of Penzance (Mabel, Buxton Opera House, UK, Belfast Grand Opera House & Belfast Waterfront Hall); The Merry Widow (Anna, Belfast Grand Opera House); Oklahoma (Laurey, Belfast Grand Opera House); Guys ‘n’ Dolls (Sarah, Belfast Grand Opera House); Hot Mikado (Yum Yum, Belfast Waterfront Hall); Anything Goes (Reno, Riverside Theatre, Coleraine); Annie (Tessa, Lyric Theatre, Belfast)
Concert Credits: NI Festival of Remembrance 2012/2013 (Waterfront Hall); NI Holocaust Memorial Event 2012 (Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey); ‘One Enchanted Evening’ and ‘Les Miserables concert’ (Belfast Odyssey Arena); Hillsborough Garden Party; ‘Musical Memories’ (Ulster Hall, Belfast); featured soloist in concert for re-opening of Belfast’s Grand Opera House; ‘A Musical Night at the Movies’ (Mussenden Temple, National Trust)
TV/Radio Credits: ‘Juggling Jen’ (Moy Park advertising campaign); News Reader (Electoral Commission Advert); Soloist (BBC Sounds Classical); Soloist (Mary O’Hara Show, RTE); BBC First Stop Show; The Gerry Kelly Show; U105
“Michelle Baird as The Merry Widow was both glamorous and magnetic in the part. Her beautiful lyric soprano voice was a joy to listen to and her legato line in the show-stopping ‘Vilia’ was top class.” – Jack Neavyn, AIMS Adjudicator.
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