Soprano Malinda Haslett was recently hailed throughout Paris and Brussels by Le Soir and La libre as a "luminous" Violetta in La traviata. Likewise in the U.S., Opera News praised her portrayal as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. "Ms. Haslett sang Ach, ich fühl's with such meltingly limpid phrases that the audience held its collective breath. She is a singer who deserves more attention." In the 2007-2008 Season, she performs Lulu in the world premiere of Elmer Gantry with the Nashville Opera and the remount at Montclaire in NJ. She also performs Nannetta in Falstaff with Le Grand Théātre de Reims (in the Chamagne region of France), Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Grand Theatre de Limoges and with Opera Carolina, and will be the soprano soloist with a number of orchestras throughout the US.
In the 2006-2007 Season, Ms. Haslett took the stage as Guest Artist on Capital Hill in Washington, DC for the American Cancer Society. She then returned to France in one of her signature roles as Nannetta in Falstaff with Le Grand Théātre de Limoges, as well as performing Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Nashville Opera. The Tennessean daily paper said, "This unity of voice was all the more remarkable as Malinda Haslett's Juliet and Jonathan Boyd's Romeo matured noticeably throughout the Nashville Opera's solid, traditional take on this Shakespearean tale...To Haslett's great credit, she gradually infused her voice with ripeness and depth as her character's music and behavior matured...Haslett's voice, which had been bright and filled with new love, instantly turned inward and dark. The air of brooding introspection was enhanced both by lighting and staging - time stopped on stage as Juliet saw her own dark future."
Other recent engagements include her Mexican debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Ópera de Zapopan, two productions as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the West Virginia Symphony and Syracuse Opera, a house and role debut with the Utah Symphony and Opera as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Frasquita in Carmen with San Diego Opera, and Violetta in Connecticut with Maestro Anton Coppola. Other operatic performances of note include her Lincoln Center debut with The American Symphony Orchestra as Bangsa and Erste Mädchen in Hindemith's Das Nusch-Nuschi, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera with the Atlanta Opera, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, her French debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Micaëla in Carmen with the Festival Lyrique-en-mer, both Nannetta in Falstaff and Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles with Sarasota Opera, the title role of Lyric Opera of Cleveland's La fille du Régiment, Valencienne in Die Lustige Witwe and Berta in Il barbiere di siviglia, Adina in L'elisir d'amore with Augusta Opera, and in her native Texas: Norina in Don Pasquale and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with the Fort Worth Opera.
Ms. Haslett has been under the direction of such notable conductors and directors as Sandra Bernhard, Richard Bradshaw, Leon Botstein, David Briskin, Ken Cazan, Guy Condette,Grant Cooper, Anton Coppola, John Di Costanzo, Jack Everly, William Florescu, Arthur Fagen, Ward Holmquist, Robert Hossein, Philippe Hui, Karen Keltner, Mark Lamos, Stefan Lano, Eric Lederhandler, Jay Lessenger, David Lévi, Timothy Lindberg, Dottie Danner, Mark Flint, John Hoomes, Joe Illick, David Gately, Richard McKee, Nicolette Molnár, Fred Scott, Manon Savary, Henri-Jean Servat, Jerry Shannon, Adriano Sinivia, Bernard Uzan, Philip Walsh, and Dean Williamson.
Active as a concert and recital artist, in North America Ms. Haslett has sung with the Calgary Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Portland Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Pittsburgh Bach Choir, Santa Barbara Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Ocean City Pops, and the Bar Harbor Festival. Ms. Haslett's European symphonic credits include a solo recital for the President of Italy, Luigi Scalfaro, as well as numerous performances throughout Europe and Asia with the Quintessence Chamber Ensemble.
Ms. Haslett is a recipient of the prestigious Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship which led to study abroad. While in Italy she won the Concorso Internazionale di Tito Schipa and the Concorso Internazionale di Roma. Her discography includes Father And Son and Hymns to the Goddess, both with Parthenia XII and A Tribute to Diana, all on the Vox Label. As the title character on Nicole, The Trial of the Century, by Grammy nominated composer Anthony Newman, she may be heard on the Albany Label, and her most recent recording entitled A Yuletide Celebration was released in 2005.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Don Giovanni (2007–2008)