Melissa Harvey, Soprano
Soprano Melissa Harvey’s impressive stylistic versatility can be heard in operatic and concert repertoire spanning over four centuries. Ms. Harvey’s 18-19 season includes the world premiere of Korine Fujiwara’s The Flood in the role of Schatzi with Opera Columbus, roles of Echo and Zerbinetta (cover) in Cincinnati Opera’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos, a concert of French pardessus duets with Catacoustic Consort, and featured soloist in the Salisbury Symphony’s Winter Holiday is in the Aire concert. Other 20th and 21st century works performed include Alice in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (NYCO) and Lucinda (cover) with Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Philadelphia for the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters. Ms. Harvey’s 17-18 season included Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Cincinnati Opera), two CD recordings with Catacoustic Consort, The Messiah with the Findlay Orchestra and The Bach Society, and the soprano soloist in Kim Arnesen’s Magnificat with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Harvey’s prodigious activity in early music has made her invaluable to concert organizations such as Catacoustic Consort, Collegium Cincinnati, Bourbon Baroque, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. With these organizations, she has performed such works as Bach Cantatas BWV 04, 71, 106, 196, Magnificat, and Christmas Oratorio; Buxtehude (BuxWV 750), Handel (Dixit Dominus and various duets), Haydn (Lord Nelson Mass), Monteverdi (various duets), Mozart (Mass in c minor), Poulenc (Gloria), and Steffani (Stabat Mater). In 2016, she rejoined Collegium Cincinnati for Bach’s St. John Passion and Catacoustic Consort for two works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Le reniement de St. Pierre and the world premiere of a never-before-performed opera from 1685, La fête du Ruel.
Ms. Harvey received her BM and MM in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). At CCM, her operatic repertoire included Sister Constance (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), and Amore (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Her concert repertoire included Bach Cantatas BWV 78 & 79, Fauré Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah, Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolaiand Mass in Time of War, and Steve Reich’s Tehillim. Among the scholarships and awards Ms. Harvey has received are the Dieterle Vocal Scholarship, the Baur/Powell Scholarship, the Mercer Scholarship for language study (Freiburg, Germany), and a 2009 Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions.