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Heidi Melton

  • Soprano


Heidi 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 Institue 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.