Candide Indeed!

Candide Indeed!

Paquette, Candide, Lyric Opera
San Diego

Michelle Kei Ishuu, as the saucy Paquette, uses her strong dramatic soprano to slice through the ample pit orchestra, and she gleefully indulges in the bawdy aspects of her character… … This well-matched, attractive lead quartet would make any company proud…, Kenneth Herman / September 2008

This is a particularly adept cast. Standouts are…and Michelle Kei Ishuu as Paquette.

– Gay & Lesbian Times, Jean Lowerison / September 2008


Die Fiakermilli, Arabella, IU Opera Theater

…and Michelle Kei Ishuu as the coloratura-voiced entertainer at the ball all entered nicely and musically into the spirit of the whole.

-Herald-Times Reviewer, Peter Jacobi / 1999

Soprano Soloist, Easter Concert, IU Chamber Music Series

…soprano Michelle Kei Ishuu, dealt smoothly, effulgently with the mystery that followed the agony of Crucifixion, as turned into affectingly melodic song in “I Have Seen the Lord” by Alan Hovhaness. 

-Herald-Times Reviewer, Peter Jacobi

Soprano Soloist, Nomine Jesu, IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

…His (John Tavener) “Nomine Jesu,” for instance, written in 1970, is a way-out item for soprano, Michelle Kei Ishuu, in constant breakaway from the rest of the vocal pack, a chorus intoning the word Jesu (and sometimes Jesus) again and again and again……

-Herald-Times Reviewer, Peter Jacobi

 Soprano Soloist, Show Me, IU Singing Hoosiers

…Things brightened up for “Slap that Bass” by George Gershwin.  Then Michelle Kei Ishuu stopped the show with “Show Me” from My Fair Lady.  

-Herald-Times Reviewer, Lynn Schwartzberg

Königin der Nacht from Die Zauberflöte

Königin der Nacht from Die Zauberflöte

Königin der Nacht, Die Zauberflöte, IU Opera Theater

…The Queen of the night sung by Michelle Kei Ishuu is firmly in control of both her vocal pyrotechnics and some real fireworks…

– WFIU, George Walker, August 1998

Michelle Kei Ishuu, as the fire-tossing queen of the night, turned in a strong, diva-proportion effort — her showy, high energy level countered nicely the more cerebral bass of…Sarastro…I was really hoping they could have duked it out on stage — I’m not sure she would have gone so easily into the night…

– Bloomington Voice Reviewer, David Christman, August 1998


Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel, IU Opera Theater

…Nonetheless, Billy Bigelow was brought to life beautifully by Philip Christiansen.  Julie’s Melancholic scenes were realized by Carolyn Filak with a tender charm that could not help but evoke a visceral reaction in the spectator.  Michelle Kei Ishuu’s strong portrayal of Carrie completed the trio that made the most persuasive argument in favor of the production…

 – Indiana Daily Student, Arch C. Voris, August 1993

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