Melinda Whittington is a versatile singer and powerful performer whose voice has been described as “the very embodiment of singing refinement and power.” (CVNC) Melinda is currently a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.  In her recent appearance as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, she was described as “an utter treat… She wowed the audience time and time again.  Fiordiligi is given abundant vocal opportunities to shine in both acts, and she capitalized on every one.  Her voice had beauty, power, range, and never faltered.” ( Melinda will star as Marguerite in Faust in AVA’s 2014-2015 season.

Melinda spent the summer of 2014 as a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera Company.  She “gave a lovely and heart-filled performance” of Micaëla in Carmen, “elicting immediate applause and ‘Bravas!’ from many audience members.” (DC Metro Theater Arts). She also presented a recital in collaboration with the Phillips Collection, pairing art songs and popular songs with art from the museum.  In June, she was the soprano soloist for Philadelphia Sinfonia’s performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Kimmel Center.  In January, she performed the role of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Carolina “with charm and finesse” (Charlotte Observer).  This season she also participated in an exciting evening of new opera with Opera Philadelphia and their composers in residence, Lembit Beecher and Missy Mazzoli.

In 2013, Melinda sang on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as a national semi-finalist in the National Council competition, after winning both the South Carolina district and Southeast Regional competitions.  She was also a finalist in the Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition, receiving an Encouragement Award, and the winner of the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition.  That year she made her professional mainstage debut with Opera Carolina, as the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and sang a “positively fierce” Donna Elvira with Green Mountain Opera Festival (Vermont Today). As the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with Back Bay Chorale, she was described as having an “elegant presence and pearly tone” (Boston Classical Review). 

Melinda spent the summer of 2012 as a Merola young artist at San Francisco Opera, where she performed scenes as the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Barber’s Vanessa, and Bizet’s Le jolie fille de Perth. She also covered the title role of Sandrina in Mozart’s early opera, La finta giardiniera.  Also in 2012, Melinda won the South Carolina district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, receiving an Encouragement Award at the Southeast Regional Competition.

Melinda’s other recent roles include Violetta in La traviata, the title role in Alcina , Mimì in La Bohème, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and Marie

in The Bartered Bride. She completed her Master’s of Music degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009.  She received her Bachelor’s of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.  She ran a fulltime voice studio in Charlotte, NC for many years, and continues to enjoy teaching.  In addition to pursuing her operatic career, Melinda is a skilled and experienced performer of contemporary vocal styles, including jazz, musical theater, and pop.  She regularly tours with internationally recognized ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan, presenting a cabaret of music from the jazz age in London.  When not making music, Melinda enjoys photography, yoga, cooking, hiking, and traveling. 

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