Soprano, sound artist, and voice coach Micaela Tobin specializes in contemporary voice, recently performing with the acclaimed Los Angeles-based experimental opera company The Industry in their groundbreaking production of Hopscotch—a mobile opera for 24 cars (dir. Yuval Sharon). Credits also include the West Coast premiere of John Luther Adam’s Sila: The Breath of the World, (2015 Ojai Music Festival), and as a soprano soloist alongside Annette Bening in Medea at UCLALive. The recent premiere of her original experimental opera, Unseal Unseam, received a five-star review at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the Summer of 2016.
Micaela most recently performed with the experimental hip-hop group, clipping., on their West-Coast tour opening for The Flaming Lips. As a voice coach, Micaela has worked with rapper and Tony-Award winning performer, Daveed Diggs (Hamilton: An American Musical), who credits Micaela with "saving [his] voice, mind, and life" on their most recent tour together.
As a sound artist, Micaela writes and performs her own experimental music under the moniker, “White Boy Scream,” in which she dissects her operatic style of singing through the use of electronic effects pedals. Described as a “less drama-queeny Diamanda Galas” whose “cryptic musique concrete–ish pieces, augmented by electronically warped chants, cast an unsettling spell," Micaela was recently invited to perform at the New Music Encounters Plus International Music Festival in Brno, Czech Republic (The Stranger). She released her second full-length album, entitled Hustle Divine, through Hanged-Man Recordings in the summer of 2015, and is currently preparing to release her next album through Crystalline Morphologies in the summer of 2017.
As an inter-disciplinary collaborator, Micaela has performed internationally as one of the key members of Dada Divas (comp. Jacqueline Bobak, dir. Cordelia Itsel), a new opera based on the work of the female poets of the Dada movement. The group was recently invited to perform at the XIII Festival Internacional Musica Nueva Monterrey 2016, in Monterrey, Mexico, and at the 2016 Dada World Fair in San Francisco. Micaela also co-created and toured an experimental sci-fi opera called BODYSHIP, created by Jeepneys. The duo premiered the opera as part of the 2016 New Works Festival at REDCAT, then as part of the Mutan Salon series at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. BODYSHIP has also been invited to open the 2017 OUTsider Festival in Austin, TX.
Micaela recently made her Canadian debut as a vocalist in the Exo-Endo ensemble (comp. Andrea Young) at the 2016 Vancouver New Music Festival.
Micaela was also a founding member of the Los Angeles-based experimental voice group, ILK. The group performed sonic installations at Dublab's Tonalism and Sleepless events at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (comp. Miles Cooper Seaton of Akron Family), and composed several music-theatre pieces together in Los Angeles.
As a studio vocalist, Micaela can be heard on the soundtrack of the documentary, Radical Grace (dir. Rebecca Parish, comp. Heather McIntosh) and in the film, Polia and Blastema (dir. E. Elias Mehrige; comp. Gavin Gamboa)
In 2016 Micaela completed her M.F.A in VoiceArts at the California Institute of the Arts, where she learned and performed the role of Frau in Arnold Shoenberg's challenging monodrama, Erwartung. Micaela received her Bachelor of Arts in music, with a concentration in voice performance, from the Herb Albert School of Music at UCLA in 2010.
Passionate about arts education being a vehicle for community building, Micaela has taught voice as a visiting artist for several Los Angeles non-profit organizations including Inner City Arts, and the Cal Arts Partnership Summer Arts Program. She currently teaches voice at the Los Angeles Music and Art School.
Resume and CV available upon request.