With her warm, richly timbred voice, mezzo-soprano Melody Wilson has quickly made a name for herself in the US and Europe.
In 2022, she performed a recital with Oakland Symphony, gave her debut with the San Francisco Symphony in Brahms’s Alto-Rhapsody, stepped in as Olga in Eugene Onegin with the Dallas Symphony under Maestro Fabio Luisi, and made her role debut as Principessa di Bouillon with Baltimore Concert Opera.
Next on her agenda are Mrs. Herring with Princeton Festival, A Child Of Our Time with Oakland Symphony under Maestro Leo Slatkin, Meg Page and Olga with Union Avenue Opera, Sanctuary Road with Chautauqua Symphony, and a gala concert with Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchel and the Delaware Symphony.
Her engagements in 2021 included her company debuts with Indianapolis Opera as Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Cincinnati Opera as Mercédès (Carmen), her return to Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ for their New Works, Bold Voices program (3 commissioned operas) as well as Beethoven’s Ninth with Kalamazoo Symphony.
Other recent career highlights: Olga (Eugen Onegin) with Seattle Opera, Addie (Regina by Mark Blitzstein) with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Fenena (Nabucco), Linda (Lost In The Stars), and Mrs. Miller (Doubt by Douglas J. Cuomo) with Union Avenue Opera, garnering her a nomination for the St. Louis Theater Circle Awards in the category “Outstanding achievement in opera” for the latter role. No stranger to contemporary repertoire, she performed in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles with Opera Delaware and Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where she also covered Denyce Graves in the role of Emelda in the world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Champion.
In Europe, Melody Wilson sang in the world premiere of Mondparsifal Alpha 1-8 (Jonathan Meese’s adaption of Parsifal) under Simone Young at the Wiener Festwochen and the Berliner Festspiele, Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes and Mercédès in Carmen, both at the Theater Bremen as well as Maddalena in Rigoletto at the State Opera Budapest.
Melody Wilson is a five-time recipient of the Jessye Norman Fellowship and a winner of the “Gabriela Benacková Competition” in Prague and the “International Czech and Slovak Competition”.