American soprano, Melody Moore, “has a vulnerability that is heartbreaking to watch” and a “rich, mellow tone” that is “achingly intense” according to critics writing of her performances from Hawaii to London. Melody recently sang her first Tosca at San Francisco Opera while she filled in for Angela Gheorghiu on opening night and again later in the show’s run. She performed the role again winter of 2013 with Madison Opera. Moore sang her first Senta in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer summer of 2013 with Glimmerglass Opera under the direction of Francesca Zambello. Melody has sung several new and contemporary works. She appeared with New York City Opera as Rita Clayton in Stephen Schwartz’s opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon. She returned to the company to sing the lead role of Régine Saint Laurent in Rufus Wainwright’s opera, Prima Donna and has gone on to perform duets in concert with Mr. Wainwright. Melody also created the role of Susan Rescorla in the San Francisco Opera world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier. Directed by Francesca Zambello, Heart of a Soldier is based on James B. Stewart’s book which tells the story of Rick Rescorla, a soldier and hero who saved thousands of lives at the World Trade Center.

Melody made her London debut at English National Opera as Mimi in Jonathan Miller’s production of La Bohème and returned to perform Marguerite in Des McAnuff’s production of Faust. Melody has also performed Marguerite with Hawaii Opera and will return to Hawaii to sing Senta in the Winter Season of 2015. Under the baton of James Conlon, she appeared with Los Angeles Opera in their double bill of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg and Ullmann’s Der zerbrochene Krug as part of the Recovered Voices Project, which highlighted recovered works by composers affected by the Holocaust. She appeared in another work highlighting the atrocities of the Holocaust in, The Passenger, with Houston Grand Opera, winter of 2014. She is thrilled to return to Houston after her debut with the company in 2012-13 as Julie LaVerne in Showboat. Melody has performed the role of Countessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with San Francisco Opera and Madison Opera. She has also performed Manon Lescaut with New Orleans Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Atlanta Opera and Denver Opera, and Suor Angelica with Orlando Opera and the Opera Theatre and Musical Festival of Lucca, Italy. She will debut the role of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff in spring of 2014.

Melody Moore is equally recognized for her outstanding work on the concert stage. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle praised her performance with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, saying, “Moore's four Schubert songs, arranged by Clarice Assad, were delivered with the kind of intensity and raw emotional power that are too rarely heard in this repertoire.” San Francisco Classical Voice has called her performances with the New Century “riveting” and saluted her performances of Britten’s Les Illuminations. Melody also made her German debut last year with the Bavarian Radio Symphony singing in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack. She returned to Germany in late 2013 to record Getty’s song cycle, Joan of the Bells, revolving around the life and death of Joan of Arc.

Melody received her Master’s Degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. Her Kent State teacher, James Mismas, encouraged her to pursue a performance career and she credits his faith in her abilities with much of her current success. Melody Moore is a former Merola Opera Program participant and was a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow.