MFC VOCAL - Michelle Cook

International opera vocalist & vocal coach with more than 15 years experience in Classical and Modern vocal technique. In studio tuition, Watsonia North VIC and online.

Singing lessons taught online or in-person in Melbourne and Victoria

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You cannot overlook quality and experience in a vocal teacher. Michelle Francis Cook has been known for her quick analysis of vocal health and is very accurate in establishing a personalised method for your personal vocal needs for the greatest result in vocal flaws, particularly placement and passaggio issues. She is not only a technician but a caring and considerate mentor for young singers, building up confidence not only on the stage but as an artist with unique attributes.
Michelle only offers lessons for serious, career singers in both contemporary, music theatre and classical/operatic genres.

I guarantee you will see tangible results with improvement in your voice within the first 3 months with your dedicated work with my techniques.


Michelle is an international opera singer and performer with over 15 years experience in both Classical and Contemporary Vocal Training. She was trained in Australia, Italy and Spain (Grad. Dip in Opera (Voice) in the VCA, Melbournel; ANAM; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Formazione, Florence, Italy; and Camerata International Voice Academy, Barcelona, Spain. Training with the highest quality vocal teachers, Michelle offers an extensive skill base to teach singing students to reach their career goals. Michelle had the opportunity to sing on National Spanish Television and Radio.

Recently appointed the Acclaim Ambassadorial Awards, Australian Vocal Coach for coaching in Italian opera language and vocal technique for Acclaim Awardees, 2022.

Michelle as a Performer
Her 15 year career includes major soloist performance in many A-Grade opera houses in Italy, Spain, France and Germany. She also performed in Santiago, Chile and Prague in the Czech Republic. Michelle had the privilege of singing solo alongside the great Placido Domingo and several other opera greats in the opera of Barcelona, Gran Teatro del Liceu. She sung many title Roles such as Tosca (Puccini), Carmen (Bizet), Aida (Verdi) et al.

Michelle learned many skills within these circles, including the Caballe Breathing Technique (The very technique of the late Catalan Diva, Montserrat Caballe). This technique, beneficial for classical and contemporary singing students, was handed down through Ms Caballe via Masterclass and Private Tuition.

Michelle as a Teacher and Mentor

Michelle was a sort after teacher for both Contemporary and Classical students during her career. Apart from her private tuition, Michelle was the Head of the Vocal Department of Carro de Baco Teatro, a successful Theatre Academy in Barcelona. Over the course of 9 years, Michelle trained and mentored over 100 young students in Vocal Technique and Performance, many of which have entered the music scenes as professional in their own right. Another skill Michelle has acquired is coaching for recording within studios. Michelle has assisted in the coaching process many time for Classical and Contemporary singers, liaising with the Sound Technician and Music Production. Singers who have used my coaching have had enhanced vocal quality for recording, support and positive recording experience.

The following are skills you will attain if you train with Michelle:
– Professional standard vocal technique including vocal production, support and projection.
– Repertoire for all genres and voice types, repertory traditions for classical singers.
— Vocal and performance confidence and experience. Michelle is dedicated in mentoring and building the artist’s confidence providing concert opportunities.
– Identifying your personal niche, your strengths and focussing on these to create a clearer pathway towards your career goal.
– Though Michelle is a highly qualified, professional teacher, she is known by her peers and students to be welcoming and nurturing in her approach. She believes in the holistic health and growth of the singer – not only the voice but the person in entirety.

Michelle recently returned to live in Melbourne in 2019. She has now established her Teaching Studio and providing European standard tuition based in Watsonia North, VIC.


A number of students in 2023 have had successful auditions for Music Theatre Productions and Opera institutions. Some listed below (names excluded for privacy)

9 years old (the Caterpillar – Alice in Wonderland) Vic (online student)
18 years old (Jack – Into the Woods) Syd (online student)
19 years old (Ensemble, The Wizard of Oz) St Kilda Theatre, Vic
25 years old (Richard Divall Emerging artist program – Opera) Vic
27 years old (Young artist program, Saluzzo, Italy) Vic
29 years old (Guild Hall vocal program, UK) Vic
59 years old (Appointment as Choir master, St George’s Church Barcelona) Spain

PRICES (both in-studio and zoom online)

$100/ hour

$90/ hour

1.5 hours – $140 (includes Caballe technique for breath and vocal support – class includes vocal technique as well as breathing exercises with weights)

30 min – $50

COACHING IN RECORDING STUDIO – both Classical and Contemporary
$80/ hour + travel

* Fixed Classes – Fees to be paid monthly with room for rescheduling.

For any questions please contact Michelle with the details below.

Thank you.

Teaching Since
Qualifications and Awards
VCA (Graduate Diploma in Opera (Voice) - award best voice 2003
AMEB grade 5 piano
Maggio Musicale - Florence Opera Young Artist program (Florence Italy)
Camerata and Masterclass, St Cugat (Spain) - First Prize international competition 2015
Masterclasses - Monsterrat Caballe, Deborah Polaski (private tuition), Irene Theorin, Jaume Aragall.
Acclaim Abassadorial Award, Puccini Award - Acclaim Awards Vic 2003, 2010
Appointed Australian Vocal Coach for the Acclaim Awards - teacher for Abassasorial Awards 2022
Music Lessons Provided
Classical, Contemporary, Modern, Pop, Theatre
Art Song, Auditions, Aural Training, Ensemble, Harmony, Improvisation, Lieder, Performances, Repertoire, Technique, Theatre Music
Child Checked, Police Checked, School Classroom
Languages Spoken Other Than English
German, Italian, Spanish
Areas Serviced
Online, Melbourne (Inner, North, North East), Victoria (North, North East)
Bundoora, Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Melbourne, Watsonia North
Other Details
Minimum age taught
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Pricing Information

– Invoices are monthly, with rescheduling available for missed classes*
– Pricing is fixed for 2024 until further notice.

*MFC Vocal – Terms and Conditions apply

0.5 Hour Individual Lesson
1 Hour Individual Lesson
1.5 Hour Individual Lesson
2 Hour Individual Lesson
Pricing includes GST

Michelle has achieved immense personal success on the international operatic stage and is a true inspiration to me. I am so lucky to have studied with her in the six months (in person and on Zoom) leading to my relocation to London. Her knowledge of the voice makes her instructions very clear and precise, and her passion for teaching makes her incredibly patient and generous. Michelle went above and beyond to accomodate my chaotic schedule. I benefited hugely from our live and online lessons. Before working with Michelle, I was scared of my high notes, but her exercises helped me to navigate past my passaggio and now the fear is gone. I will never forget the exhilaration I felt when we finally unlocked my coloratura in the Mozart ‘Vanne a regnar’ duet. Thank you Michelle!

Samantha Heargraves (Opera)

Michelle Francis Cook has been my voice teacher for several years and in that time my voice has made huge strides. I enjoy my voice so much more now, Michelle has given me confidence in my singing and I have the technique to sing arias well. Michelle is very kind and her lessons are fun, but also full of valuable information and feedback. I have a feeling that teachers like Michelle are rare these days. I’m lucky to be Michelle’s student.

Sharon Blackford (Online student - international)

I have taken online lessons with Michelle for a couple months now and I can already see the difference in my vocal and breathing techniques.

Michelle is very knowledgeable and pays close attention to the nuances of the sound and how it is being produced.

Thank you, Michelle! I look forward to continuing my vocal training with you.

Lorrie Hill

I highly recommend Michelle as a singing teacher. As well as having a huge amount of performance experience and technical knowledge she is a very caring and supportive coach. She gave me confidence to try things with my singing that no other teacher has before. And she is a lovely fun person to boot! Worth every penny.

Roxanne Viggiano

I have learnt online from Michelle Marie for over 18 months and only have had 2 face to face session during that time. She is very professional and capable, and I am amazed at how she can hear all the nuances in my voice online. Our lessons are very effective and I enjoy not having to travel far to grow my skills. 

During lessons we do technical work and repertoire (art song and opera). Occasionally I use an accompaniment track to support my performance. I really enjoy the intellectual stimulation of my lessons. Michelle gives direct, accurate and helpful feedback. I always achieve more than I though I could by the end of each lesson. I highly recommend her as a voice teacher.

Helen Ling
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