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Melanie Sonnenberg

Professor of Voice

Melanie Sonnenberg (Voice), mezzo-soprano, has impressed the music world with her distinctive mezzo soprano interpretations, ranging from the bel canto to the French and Russian repertoire. Recognized as "a rich and fluent mezzo" by The New York Times, and "a master and virtuosa of voice" by Opernwelt, her leading performances throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada, with such companies as the Hamburg Staatsoper, Teatro San Carlo, Graz Oper, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Tokyo Yoyogi Arena, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Diego Opera, New Orleans Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Edmonton Opera, and Opera Ontario have garnered critical and public acclaim. Possessing commanding dramatic and vocal skills, Ms. Sonnenberg has built a diverse operatic repertoire of nearly sixty roles. She has premiered new productions for the New York City Opera, performing Kontchakovna in Prince Igor, Marie De Pays in the American premiere of Jost Meier's The Dreyfus Affair, and the title role in Carmen. Among popular performances of some fifty bel canto productions, she sang the world premieres of the critical editions of Il viaggio a Reims (Marchesa Melibea) and La Donna del Lago (Malcolm). Her Carnegie Hall debut arose as Smeton in Anna Bolena with the Opera Orchestra of New York. She has been a soloist with Little Orchestra Society of New York at Lincoln Center in their "Vivaldi's Venice" series and as Jocasta in Oedipus Rex, in addition to singing with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Grazer Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Texas Music Festival, Princeton Festival Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bach Society of St. Louis, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Victoria Symphony, and the Brazos Symphony. Her film and television credits include Das Rheingold (Flosshilde) and Die Walküre (Siegrüne) for Austrian Radio and Television, Cavalleria Rusticana for PBS "Live from Lincoln Center" and The Merry Widow with Beverly Sills for PBS "Great Performances." Ms. Sonnenberg is featured in As You Set Out for Ithaka for Albany Records, and Brahms's Alto Rhapsody and Schubert's Ständchen with the Turtle Creek Chorale and the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra for Reference. Her Merry Widow, Anna Bolena, Il viaggio a Reims and Ring des Niebelungen performances are now available on DVD, CD through House of Opera. Ms. Sonnenberg is the Director and Co-founder of Le Chiavi: The Institute of Bel Canto Studies, an intensive study program in bel canto for advanced singers sponsored by the Texas Music Festival. She is in demand as a national adjudicator and a clinician and has previously served on the faculties of Westminster College of the Arts (2005-08) and The Catholic University of America (2007-08).