Heidi Melton, soprano
John Parr, piano
lied R.Strauss: die Georgine
HAYDN: Scena di Berenice
SCHUBERT: Suleika, Gretchen am Spinnrade, Der Tod und das Mädchen, and Die Junge Nonne
BERLIOZ: Le Mort de Cléopâtre
SIBELIUS: Var det en dröm, Den första kyssen and Flickan kom ifrån
R. STRAUSS: Die Georgine, Verführung, Allerseelen, Befreit and Cäcilie
WEILL: My Ship from Lady in the Dark
R. STRAUSS: Frühlingsfeier, Op. 56, No. 5
About This Performance
Former SF Opera Adler Fellow, young American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton has been called a voice that is “big, gleaming and tonally resplendent.” (SF Chronicle). The splendors of her burnished, substantial voice and dramatic performance style are increasingly well known on the opera stages throughout the world.
In the 2012–2013 season, Heidi Melton will return to Karlsruhe for new productions of Tannhäuser in the dual roles of Venus and Elisabeth, as well as Ellen Orford in Christopher Alden’s production of Peter Grimes. Additionally, she will also sing in revivals of Les Troyens and Der Ring des Nibelungen. A favorite to the audiences in Berlin, she returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Fata Morgana in a new Robert Carsen production of Love for Three Oranges and Amelia in Un ballo in maschera. She also returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the Third Norn in complete cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen. In concert, Ms. Melton will sing Act 1 of Die Walküre and Isolde’s Liebestod with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop, Act 1 of Die Walküre again with the Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden, and a debut with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Eine Lebensmesse by the Dutch composer Jan van Gilse under Markus Stenz. Ms. Melton will also open a special gala celebrating 100 years of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in October 2012 singing Elisabeth's Greeting to the Hall of Song. Future seasons will see her at the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Canadian Opera Company, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, as well as with the BBC Scottish Symphony at the Proms.
Ms. Melton had a successful return to the Metropolitan Opera as the Third Norn in the new Robert Lepage production of Götterdämmerung under Fabio Luisi and the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Gutrune in Götterdämmerung under Donald Runnicles in the 2011–2012 season. She also stepped in on short notice to sing Sieglinde in Die Walküre at the Deutsche Oper Berlin to great acclaim. Ms. Melton was a member of the ensemble at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe where she sang new productions of Lohengrin as Elsa and Les Troyens as Didon, as well as the Marschallin in a revival of Der Rosenkavalier. In concert, Ms. Melton sang Act 1 of Die Walküre with Donald Runnicles at the Grand Teton Music Festival and Soprano 1/Magna Peccatrix in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”) at the Aspen Music Festival under Robert Spano.
Ms. Melton began the 2010–2011 season as Sieglinde in a concert version of Act 1 of Die Walküre with the BBC Scottish Symphony under Donald Runnicles. She returned to both Opéra National de Bordeaux in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos and the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel. She sang her first complete Sieglinde in Die Walküre and Third Norn in Götterdämmerung in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with San Francisco Opera, directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Donald Runnicles. Ms. Melton also covered the title role in Aida for San Francisco Opera and sang performances of Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the San Antonio Symphony.
Ms. Melton returned to the San Francisco Opera for her final year in the company’s Adler Program during the 2009–2010 season. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Second Maid in Elektra under Fabio Luisi and performed Berg’s Seven Early Songs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Donald Runnicles. In the spring, she made her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as a member of their ensemble and sang such roles as the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Marianne Leitmetzerin in Der Rosenkavalier, Helmwige in Die Walküre, and Third Norn in Götterdämmerung. In the summer of 2010, Ms. Melton opened the 33rd Season of the Festival de Lanaudière in a gala concert singing excerpts from Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Die Walküre.
Ms. Melton made her debut with Opéra National de Bordeaux in the 2007–2008 as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera and returned in 2008–2009 for Elisabeth in Tannhäuser in which Forum Opera proclaimed her “a revelation.” Other notable past engagements that season include her debut with the Milwaukee Symphony in a New Year’s Eve Gala performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with California’s North State Symphony Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony in Golijov’s Night of the Flying Horses and Shostakovich’s From Jewish Poetry. In recital, she has made her Schwabacher Debut Recital through the San Francisco Opera and a recital for the Jussi Björling Society in Voxna, Sweden. Additionally, she performed Verdi’s Messa da requiem for Donald Runnicles’s farewell concert as Music Director of San Francisco Opera.
As an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, Ms. Melton has performed a variety of roles including Mary Todd Lincoln in the world premiere of Phillip Glass’s Appomattox, * Marianne Leitmetzerin in Der Rosenkavalier, and Dianne in Iphigénie en Tauride. As a 2006 participant in the Merola Opera Program, she performed Amelia Grimaldi in scenes from Simon Boccanegra. Ms. Melton received her Master of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music where she performed the roles of Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Alcina in Alcina, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.*
Ms. Melton is the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes: she was the 2009 winner of the George London Foundation’s George London/Kirsten Flagstad Memorial Award, second place in the José Iturbi Compeition, a Sarah Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and third place in the 27th Annual Belevedere Competition. In 2006 she was a national semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as well as the winner of the Mario Lanza Competition.
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