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Michelle Francis Cook - Soprano Ceremony Vocalist

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Experience the enchanting melodies of Michelle Francis Cook, an esteemed Soprano Ceremony Vocalist servicing Melbourne. With over two decades of operatic and wedding performance experience across Europe and Australia, Michelle adds a touch of class and elegance to your ceremony. Her resonant voice and ability to craft bespoke moments promise a unique, romantic ambience.

Making your wedding ceremony memorable rests upon the quality of your venue, the experienced celebrant, the wonderful aesthetics and surroundings to make it perfect. However couples may leave the music for their ceremony to the last minute, or choose average quality singers or musicians because they may not know where to begin in the search for perfect ceremony music. The skilled Wedding Singer is the atmosphere bearer and ties every part of the ceremony together seamlessly. Ambience is the mood setter and this is largely done by the music of your ceremony. 

For this reason it is best to not leave the music and singing to just anyone. A Wedding Singer is able to express themselves both vocally and emotively, and yet sing it professionally. This is especially true for the traditional, elegant wedding setting where the atmosphere is very important.
 

Wedding Ceremony Singer, Michelle Francis Cook's operatic journey spanning Italy and Spain infuses her performances with a unique allure. With an illustrious career alongside opera luminaries like Placido Domingo and Jose Cura, Michelle brings a world-class singing prowess to your wedding day. She has only launched her wedding ceremony music franchise in Melbourne, having returned in 2019.

She offers a diverse repertoire ranging from classical masterpieces to culturally rich compositions in languages such as English, Italian, Spanish, German, Latin, Russian, and French. Michelle's warmth, multilingual capabilities, and willingness to tailor her performance to your preferences make her an exceptional choice for discerning couples.

Not only will she perform her beautiful songs for your day, she is also able to organise the musicians to accompany her, including a variety of musicians and also singers for duets or ensembles. Hence, with her help, a unique program to your satisfaction.

Whether it be a Chapel or Cathedral, Civil or Religious, indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony, Michelle has had the experience to sing in all types of venues. 

 

What You’ll Love About Working with Michelle Francis Cook — Soprano Ceremony Vocalist for your Melbourne wedding:

  • World-Class Talent: Michelle's vocal artistry is refined through an operatic journey that has graced stages across Europe and Australia. Her mastery of the soprano voice assures a spellbinding performance, where the wedding couple remains the centre of attention.
  • Multilingual Melodies: With a repertoire that spans languages and cultures, Michelle brings a harmonious blend of global melodies to your wedding. Whether it's the romantic cadence of Italian, the elegance of French, or the familiarity of English, her versatile multilingual skills infuse your ceremony with rich cultural diversity.
  • Tailored Musical Experience: Michelle's approach is deeply personal, ensuring that your wedding's musical landscape reflects your individual love story. She will organise a spectular music experience to suit your need. Contact Michelle anytime to discuss what your Wedding music could look like. You can choose her pre-planned packages or mix and match package content for a tailored quote.

 

Highlights of Working with Michelle Francis Cook — Soprano Ceremony Vocalist Melbourne:

  • Talented wedding vocalist 
  • Professional European and Australian experience
  • Multilingual singing expertise
  • Personalised ceremonies
  • Collaboration with wedding professionals
  • Exceptional voice and versatile repertoire

Michelle Francis Cook
MFC VOCAL

ABN 66993370741

Enquire for the full Repertoire List. With over 25 years of singing, Michelle has a vast repetory in her full list. For a view of the most popular songs in her most recent elegant weddings, see below. 

Current Wedding Repertoire List

Top 10 Classical

  • Ave Maria - Schubert 
  • Ave Maria - Gounod
  • Ave Maria - Mascagni
  • Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
  • Panis Angelicus - Franck
  • O Mio Babbino Caro - opera Gianni Schicchi - Puccini
  • Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Opera Samson and Delilah - Saint-Saëns
  • Pur Ti Miro Pur Ti Godo - Opera Incoronazione di Poppea - Monteverdi
  • The Prayer - Dion/Bocelli - Classical Version
  • You Raise Me Up - Josh Groben

Top 10 Contemporary

  • At Last - Etta James
  • From This Moment - Shania Twain
  • To Make You Feel My Love - Adele
  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
  • Evergreen - Barbara Streisand
  • All Of Me - John Legend
  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran
  • The First TIme Ever I Saw Your Face - Luke Evans
  • Amazing Grace - Traditional

Feel free to ask any questions which you may have or check out the FAQ page.

Looking forward to working with you!

About

After decades of operatic and ceremony performances in Europe, I've recently returned to Australia (2019). I married this year, have a new music studio in Watsonia North and now launched my Melbourne-based Wedding Singing. As a professional performer, I can offer you an unforgettable experience of the highest quality. As a romantic myself, my songs are full of emotion and warmth to create the perfect ambience for your special day. Contact me directly for further enquires. I am here to help you.

Michelle Francis Cook

Vocal Performer

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Packages

Exclusive Offer
Bronze Package
  • Initial consultation (in-person or virtual)
  • Personalised program of up to 3 songs from her repertory
  • Accompanied by high-quality audio tracks
  • Michelle in a formal gown
Exclusive Offer
Silver Package
  • Initial consultation (in-person or virtual)
  • Full personalised program of up to 5 songs from her repertory
  • Accompanied by high-quality audio tracks
  • Michelle in a performance gown matching your wedding's colour palette
Exclusive Offer
Gold Package
  • Initial consultation (in-person or virtual)
  • Personalised program of up to 5 songs
  • Accompanied by her prestigious pianist or organist from her repertory
  • Michelle in a performance gown matching your wedding's colour palette
  • Music rehearsal with instrumentalist
  • Option for a special song request not on the Song List
Exclusive Offer
Platinum Package
  • Initial consultation (in-person or virtual)
  • Personalised program of up to 5 songs for voice and quartet
  • Accompanied by a professional wedding string quartet from the quartet repertory
  • Michelle in a performance gown matching your wedding's colour palette
  • Music rehearsal with instrumentalist
  • Option for a special song request (subject to sheet music availability)

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Service Area Melbourne and surrounding areas

Melbourne and surrounding areas
Melbourne and surrounding areas

FAQ

As your Wedding Ceremony Vocalist, I can off you the following services:

  • A music program plan to cater to your personal wedding needs and tastes.
  • Contact and/or Meetings before your wedding to guide you in the logistics of planning high quality music for your special day.
  • A brochure of the packages I provide for you in greater detail.
  • A Repertory List with all the songs I am able to perform for you.
  • Collaboration with all the service providers for your wedding.
  • Basic sound equipment, mic and speaker, for my amplication, if necesarry.
  • Assistance in choosing the right accompanist to provide the music for me to sing with, from a pianist to a String Quartet or even provide another singer if you wish to have a duet or two.
  • If you decide not to have a musician accompany, I organsize beautiful, high-quality, audio tracks to accompany my singing.
  • I can wear a special performance gown which matches your wedding colour palate (Provided in the Silver, Gold, Platinum packages).
  • Offer you an unforgettable, moving performance for your ceremony which will set the mood of your whole wedding day.

I have been singing wedding ceremonies for over almost 25 years. These include very formal church weddings, all kinds of outdoor weddings, even a wedding in a heritage train carriage. All were very individual, special and I was able to create an ambience which suited the surroundings. 

I have worked from 2005 - 2019 in Europe, primarily Barcelona, Spain where I sung many weddings and other ceremonies, events and opera. Upon my return to Australia just before covid, I began MFC business.

Yes. 
Many of the packages can be modified to suit your own circumstances. We will discuss who this works in our meetings together and create a package which fits.

I have quite a vast list of classical and contemporary songs to choose. For the sake of space, I have added the top 10 most popular. I do have a Repertoire list which I will share with you upon request.

Certainly, with some conditions. These include:
1. In the case of backing track music, we will need to see if it is available.

2. I require a minimum of one month notice for new songs to be learned.

In all, I desire that you have a beautiful experience for your wedding ceremony which is very personal and special to you. For this reason, being able to learn a song which has meaning.

I highly recommend the accompanists I have worked with as I can guarantee they will deliver just as high a standard of performance as I do. Though if you have one which you prefer, it is also possible to arrange. We can discuss the logistics of this at our meetings.

I have been know in my performances to wear beautiful gowns. I have a philosophy that the performance in a ceremony not only includes the voice, but also the quality of the aesthetics and visual aspects. That said, I never take away from the centrepiece with is the beautiful wedding couple, but if you are looking for a high-end, formal wedding, I will provide the look to compliment it. 

With regards to colour palate, for example, if your bridesmaids are in pink, I will also wear a gown in the pink colour palate. If Gold is your colour theme, I will wear a gold gown or an elegant black gown with a gold shawl or necklace. This concept will be discussed with you.

Generally speaking, a minum of 3 months is a good time frame in order to prepare your ceremony music as I have a number of weddings and events per week. Within this period of time, we will may have a couple of meetings to discuss all aspects of your program.

It's good to keep in mind that the earlier you book, even as early as a year before, the less chance of missing out on having another couple book me on the date you are getting married. This has unfortunately happened to me. The good news is once you have book and paid a deposit, your booking date is secured. 

Changes to your selection are permitted, provided they are from the Repertory list and there is a minimum of one month notice. At the final month, the song choices are generally fixed. 

Yes. I can be asked to sing a part of your ceremony and not all. Some couple opt for my to sing 3 songs and they may have another musician or track for other aspects of the ceremony. It is good to note that this does not change my fee as you pay for the performance time and the number of pieces I perform. 

I most certainly can arrange another singer to sing a duet. These pieces are also in the Repertoire List. My colleague will be of the same standard and quality as myself, and depending on the song may be a female or male singer. Please inquire more if this interests you?

If you wish to have a full acoustic experience, full of aural elegance, finesse and aesthetically amazing, you cannot go wrong with my Quartet and Vocal ensemble. It is for the most elite weddings, providing unforgettable sensory encounter. 

The minimum time is 4 months notice for booking. In many cases, the safest bet is to book 6 month in advance to secure your wedding date with both the String Quartet and myself. Don't leave this to chance if you are interested in the Platinum Package.

Once you've decided to book the Platinum Package, I will confirm my availability and that of the Quartet. The music program from the Quartet Repertory list will be chosen and the rehearsal process for your special event will commence. In our meetings there after, we will discuss the venue space, the logistics to have 4 string instruments and myself balanced in the acoustics of the space. I will help you in this process having sung in many types of spaces. 

For further inquiries do not hesitate to ask.

Absolutely. I will guide you through the process step by step. After our initial consultation, if you decide to work with me, we will meet again and discuss your music style preferences, whether it be classical, contemporary or mixture of both. We will look at aspects such as your wedding style (religious, civil or other format of wedding); the type of guests you have (for example, culturally, the age groups) and we will discuss best music for the venue. With my years of experience I can help you select the perfect ceremony music program. 

Many times your fiance and yourself may have differing tastes in music. We will seek to find a harmonious balance so both of you can enjoy the wedding music for your ceremony. 

My vocal training began as a youth in Contemporary/Pop and Music Theatre. I have lived and breathed music including piano lessons from a very early age. My music styles are broad as a teacher of both contemporary and classical voice. In Europe, apart from my classical endeavors, I was also singing on radio and TV, including the singning competiition Levantate in Spain for contemporary singing. it was a competition for Parent/Child duets. We were national finalist. My daughter is also a composer of wedding and audio engineer. 


2 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

September 2023

It is with absolute pleasure that I recommend Michelle. From the moment my Father accompanied me down the aisle I could hear Michelle singing Ave Maria which was strongly resonating throughout the church. This transcended me and mesmerised my attendees. Michelle supported me with my song selections and was extremely professional and prompt on the day. I highly recommended Michelle & am confident that she will also make your event truly memorable.

Angelique O.

Michelle Francis Cook - Soprano Ceremony Vocalist

Dear Angelique and Andre. What a wonderful event see you both celebrate your union. It was great to be part of this moment and contribute with my songs. I saw a number of tears in the guests as I sung your favourite wedding aria Ave Maria. May you have a very happy life together xx

September 2023

Michelle's performance was absolutely breathtaking! Her presence and her glorious voice just made our special day more beautiful than we could ever imagine. Even though she is a professional, we felt the heart of her voice as she generously shared her beautiful gift. We highly recommend her for any wedding! You will be truly blessed!! Shauntai and Daniel Abdul-Rahman

Shauntai A.

Michelle Francis Cook - Soprano Ceremony Vocalist

Hi Shauntai and Daniel. It was a pleasure singing for you last month and I am so glad I was able to create a beautiful atmosphere for your wonderful wedding. All the very best for your future together.


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Song ideas please! To walking down the aisle

Would love to see your best suggestions for aisle songs in 2023. Thank you.

Michelle Francis Cook - Soprano Ceremony Vocalist

Some of the most beautiful songs commonly used by wedding couples are:

CLASSICAL 

  • Ave Maria - Schubert 
  • Ave Maria - Gounod
  • Ave Maria - Mascagni
  • Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
  • Panis Angelicus - Franck
  • O Mio Babbino Caro - opera Gianni Schicchi - Puccini
  • Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Opera Samson and Delilah - Saint-Saëns
  • Pur Ti Miro Pur Ti Godo - Opera Incoronazione di Poppea - Monteverdi
  • The Prayer - Dion/Bocelli - Classical Version
  • You Raise Me Up - Josh Groben

CONTEMPORARY

  • At Last - Etta James
  • From This Moment - Shania Twain
  • To Make You Feel My Love - Adele
  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
  • Evergreen - Barbara Streisand
  • All Of Me - John Legend
  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran
  • The First TIme Ever I Saw Your Face - Luke Evans
  • Amazing Grace - Traditional

Musical Instrumentals which are popular include the following traditional and contemprary pieces:

       
               Classical

  • Bach's Air on a G String
  • Spring from Vivaldi's Four Seasons
  • Massenet's Meditation from the opera Thais (was my processional piece)
  • Wagner's Bridal Chorus
  • Pachelbel's Canon in D


    Contemporary
  • A thousand years - Piano Guys
  • You are the reason - Mareks Radzevics and Judson Hurd
  • Vesislava version of Ed Sheeran's Thinking out loud

Many contemporary songs have piano versions on these love ballads. Though instrumental songs are lovely as a processional song, many are opting for sung song for that added emotion which comes from the lyrics.

In choosing your songs, it's best to get advice from a wedding singer, like myself, who can decipher what song is best for you from meeting and discussion.

If you opt to decide for yourself, you will need to the following questions:

  • What is the 'style' of my wedding? Is it contemporary and modern, or classical and elegant or formal?
    This will narrow down the songs and make it easier to choose
  • What is the timing of my entrance? Is the aisle long as in a cathedral or shoart as in a small chapel or outdoors?
    Though a song can be cut or faded, it is so much more elegant to time the walk so all parties, including the bride, walk the entire length of the song. This can be rehearsed by all parties to make it seamless.
  • Are there many in the bridal party needing to walk down the aisle?
    Taking the number of bridesmaids, flowergirls and page boys will effect the length of song needed. 

  • Need to be at a walking pace which suits a wedding aisle entrance.
    The best songs are at a slow pace, like andante or moderato in music terms. To find out, see how you feel walking with your song choice. It should be comfortable and not make you feel rushed.
  • What song has personal meaning for us?
    The song sung or the track chosen should reflect a moment of your personal life as a couple. In my experience as a wedding singer, the most effective and emotional songs have sentimental meaning and do not follow conventional wedding song choices.

If you would like to discuss this with me see my Easy Wedding page here: https://www.easyweddings.com.au/WeddingMusic/Melbourne/MichelleFrancisCookSopranoCeremonyVocalist/

Jasmine

What are some great first dance songs?

Would love some suggestions on first dance songs specifically. Something that will be great filmed for our wedding video. Thank you!

Michelle Francis Cook - Soprano Ceremony Vocalist

The most important concept in choosing a song for the first dance is making the choice to suit yourselves a priority. Your wedding dance should reflect your own experience of love, be a song which is dear to your hearts, and reflects your style as a couple. 

Another question to ask is: Is the song easy to dance to?

Here a few romantic ballad songs which are commonly used for first dances:

  • Ed Sheeran songs such as Perfect and Thinking Out Loud
  • At Last - Etta James
  • First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Leona Lewis or original Roberta Flack versions
  • When A Man Loves A Woman - Michael Bolton
  • All Of Me - John Legend
  • Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
  • Halo - Beyonce

Jessica

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