The Salt Lake Tribune praises Melinda Whittington for her “performances of emotional resonance along with their powerhouse vocals.” Melinda is thrilled to be singing again with her home company, Opera Carolina, for her role debut as Violetta in La traviata. Last season with the company, she sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and the Coming Home Soldier in Redler and Dye’s The Falling and the Rising. She also returned to the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Akhnaten and sang further performances of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Grand Rapids. Next season she looks forward to making her role debut as Mimi in La boheme with Minnesota Opera.
Among the soprano’s other recent performances are debuts with Arizona Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and a return for the title role of Rusalka, Utah Opera for Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Ash Lawn Opera as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and North Carolina Opera as Ada in Higdon’s Cold Mountain and Nedda in Pagliacci. She has sung Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Carolina, Opera Grand Rapids, and Kentucky Opera; the title role of Arabella with Pittsburgh Festival Opera; Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Birmingham and Pensacola Opera; Micaëla in Carmen with Greensboro Opera; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Green Mountain Opera; Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte previously with Opera Carolina. The soprano also joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for its recent production of Eugene Onegin as well as the Metropolitan Opera previously for Akhnaten and Macbeth. She sang Micaëla in Carmen and Marie Antoinette in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera and subsequently returned to the company for a birthday concert celebration honoring the composer.
Ms. Whittington is a former Resident Artist of the Academy of Vocal Arts, at which she sang Marguerite in Faust and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. She joined Opera Philadelphia for an exciting evening of new opera with Opera Philadelphia and their composers in residence, Lembit Beecher and Missy Mazzoli. On the concert stage, she has sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Sinfonia, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Back Bay Chorale, and excerpts of Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with the Charlotte Symphony.
She was the 2015 first place winner of the Opera Birmingham competition, 2016 third place winner in Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Voice Competition, a 2013 semi-finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, winner of the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition, and an encouragement award winner in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. She is a former participant in the prestigious Merola Opera Program in association with San Francisco Opera at which she performed scenes as the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Barber’s Vanessa, and Bizet’s Le jolie fille de Perth. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In addition to pursuing her operatic career, Melinda is a skilled and experienced performer and teacher of contemporary vocal styles, including jazz, musical theater, and pop. Melinda is an adjunct professor of voice at Davidson College, in addition to teaching privately. Her most important role is being mom to two little boys, Isaac and Simon, and wife to husband, Phil. When not performing or teaching, Melinda enjoys photography, vintage shopping, yoga, cooking, hiking, and traveling. If you'd like to hear more, Melinda is releasing an album of art song in April 2023 entitled Night and Day, which is available for pre-purchase here.