Micaela Tobin is a soprano, sound artist, and teacher based in Los Angeles, CA who specializes in contemporary opera and experimental voice, composing under the moniker “White Boy Scream.” Within this project Micaela dissects her operatic singing style and extended vocal techniques through the use of electronics, in an attempt to undermine patriarchal constructs in classical music and reclaim the “diva.” She has performed extensively throughout the western United States, most notably as a guest with hip-hop experimentalists and Sub Pop signees “clipping.” during their 2017 tour in support of “The Flaming Lips.” Micaela’s work thus far includes a full length release along with two more set for summer 2018, and has been compared to Diamanda Galás.
Micaela recently premiered and earned a five-star review for her first original experimental opera, entitled “Unseal Unseam,” at the world’s largest art festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in summer 2016; the work was described as “hypnotic” and “paralyzingly beautiful,” by New Classic LA after its U.S. debut in October 2017.
Micaela’s credits include the principal role in the opera “Dada Divas” at the XIII Festival Internacional Musica Nueva in Monterrey, Mexico. She also performed with The Industry in their groundbreaking opera, “Hopscotch, a mobile opera for 24 cars (dir. Yuval Sharon)”; as a principal vocalist in the premiere of Ron Athey’s experimental opera, “Gifts the Spirit”; and as a soprano soloist alongside Annette Bening in the play “Medea” at UCLALive.
Micaela is currently a voice teacher on faculty at the California Institute for the Arts and teaches privately out of her home in Pasadena, CA.