Tatyana at Opera Carolina (May, 2019)
"Melinda Whittington’s Tatyana not only exhibited a lovely soprano, but used it for dramatic effect. Her letter scene was impassioned and the final confrontation with Onegin was most effective.”
Juliette at Opera Birmimgham (March, 2018)
"Soprano Melinda Whittington gave Juliet a soft vulnerability and youthful fearlessness. Her voice and performance was full of emotion and relatibility. She sang beautifully as love struck adolescent with an old soul sensibility."
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Ada Monroe at North Carolina Opera (October, 2017)
"Her voice was delicate in reveries of the past and soaring in passionate love duets."
(Raleigh News and Observer)
Contessa at Opera Carolina (April, 2018)
"Melinda Whittington... drawing the loudest "Brava"s of the entire performance with a goose-bumping interpretation of "Dove sono" which was the highest point of the evening."
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the artistic community hard. Most live performances remain cancelled for the foreseeable future, and many arts organizations are getting creative about bringing music to people virtually. Over the past few months, Melinda has enjoyed doing lawn concerts for her neighbors and many live stream concerts, for WFAE, WDAV, and Opera Carolina. Her most recent was particularly rewarding, as she was able to safely make live music with two fabulous Charlotte musicians - pianist Emily Urbanek and harpist Andrea Mumm. This recital was recorded in an empty hall and can be enjoyed virtually as part of Opera Carolina's iStream series. It features many of the songs that Melinda will be recording on her upcoming album, Night and Day. Thank you for continuing your support for arts organizations and artists, so that we can still be there for you on the other side of this challenging time!
Rusalka at Arizona Opera (November, 2016)
"Melinda Whittington was a poignant, tragic Rusalka who enchanted the audience and brought them into her world..."
Donna Anna at Utah Opera (March, 2017)
"Utah Opera's two Donnas, Anna (Melinda Whittington) and Elvira (Caitlin Lynch), deliver performances of emotional resonance along with their powerhouse vocals"
(Salt Lake City Tribune)
Carmen with Greensboro Opera (January, 2017)
"Rarely is Micaëla’s aria in Act Three, ‘Je dis, que rien ne m’épouvante,’ the zenith of a performance of Carmen, but Whittington’s traversal of the aria, crowned with a phenomenal top B, deservedly received the most enthusiastic ovation of the evening."
(Voix des Artes)
"The Corporal's childhood sweetheart, Micaëla was sung by Melinda Whittington. Her rich, warm soprano stole the show in the gorgeous third-act aria, 'Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante.' "
(Classical Voice of North Carolina)
Marie Antoinette at Wolf Trap Opera (July, 2015)
"... tonal warmth to go with her consistently eloquent phrasing" (Opera News)
"... Melinda Whittington, in one of the most moving performances I have seen to date..."
(DC Metro Theater Arts)
"... a number of impressive voices, none more so than Tennessee-born soprano Melinda Whittington, who riveted attention as Marie Antoinette. To this central role Whittington brought a powerhouse voice that more than filled the intimate space of The Barns. But just as importantly, her acting brought to life the queen’s dignity, fragility, and innocence, incarnated musically in the motif from her Act I aria (“Once there was a golden bird”) that runs throughout the score."
(Classical Voice North America)