RolesCountess Almaviva in
The Marriage of Figaro
The Philadelphia Inquirer hails Melinda Whittington as “especially marvelous in handling the rapturous jail scene music” in recent performances of Marguerite in Faust. In the 2016-17 season, she returns to Arizona Opera for the title role of Rusalka in addition to joining Utah Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Greensboro Opera as Michaëla in Carmen, and the Lyrica Opera of Chicago for its production of Eugene Onegin. Last season, she made debuts with Arizona Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Ash Lawn Opera as Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte, and Kentucky Opera as the Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro. She also joined the Charlotte Symphony for excerpts of Roméo et Juliette, was presented by Opera Birmingham in a solo recital, and joined the Ocean City Pops in concert.
Ms. Whittington is a former Resident Artist of the Academy of Vocal Arts, at which she sang Marguerite in Faust and Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte. She sang Marie Antoinette in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Michaëla in Carmen during her two summers at Wolf Trap Opera. Also while a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Traf, she presented a recietal in collaboration with the Phillips Collection, pairing art songs and popular songs with art from themuseum. Her pervious performances include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Gren Mountain Opera Festival and Zwiete Dame in Die Zauberlöte and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Carolina. Her operatic repertoire also includes Violetta in La traviata, the title role in Alcina, Mimí in La bohéme, Pamina in Die Zauberlöte, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and Marie in The Battered Bride. She recently 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 and Orff’s Carmina burana with the Back Bay Chorale.
She is the 2016 third place winner in Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Voice Competition, 2015 first place winner of the Opera Birmingham 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 Voial 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 Donzietti’s Anna Bolena, Barber’s Vanessa, and Bizlet’s Le jolie fille de Perth.
Melinda completed her Master’s of Music degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009, and received her Bachelor’s of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. She was in residence with the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia from 2013-2015. IN addition to pursuing her operatic career, Melinda is a skilled and experienced performer of contemporary vocal styles, including jazz, musical theater, and pop. When not making music, Melinda enjoys photography, vintage shopping, yoga, cooking, hiking, and traveling. She lives with her husband in Charlotte, NC.