Melanie Helton is professor of voice (soprano) and director of the MSU Opera Theatre at the Michigan State University College of Music. She has been hailed by The New York Times for her “dark soprano that warms the ear.” She made her international debut as Marietta/Marie in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt at the Brisbane (Australia) Biennial. Her successes include the title roles in Lucrezia Borgia at the Caramoor International Music Festival and Aida with Opera Carolina, as well as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Caramoor, Opera Carolina, and Lake George Opera Festival.
A favorite of American composers, she worked directly on the creation of the role of Dede with Leonard Bernstein on his only full-length opera, A Quiet Place, and the role of Ariel in Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest. She originated the fiendishly difficult role of Venus in Hugo Weisgall’s The Gardens of Adonis in its world premiere at Opera Omaha.
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