ABOUT MELISSA

mel_003Praised by the New York Times as a “rich-toned alto who brought a measure of depth to her performance”, Melissa Attebury appears regularly as soloist in concert and oratorio. She is in particular demand for her skill in music of the Baroque – recent appearances include Messiah, Christmas Oratorio, St. Matthew and St. John Passion, and as a regular soloist in the Bach at One series of complete cantatas with Julian Wachner and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. She played the role of the Witch in Trinity’s staged production of Händel’s Saul. Other recent performances include the Rachmaninoff Vespers and Rosalia (West Side Story Concert Suites) with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall; Elijah at the Berkshire Choral Festival, Israel in Egypt with The Washington Chorus, Beethoven 9th Symphony at Trinity Wall Street, and Messiah at Carnegie Hall with the New Jersey Masterworks Chorus.

Operatic rôles include Carmen, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Lelia (Iolanthe), Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Phoebe (Yeomen of the Guard), Lisa (The Grand Duke), Melissa (Princess Ida), Pitti-Sing (Mikado) Kate (Pirates of Penzance), Stephano (Romeo et Juliette), Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus), Giovanna (Rigoletto) and Nellie (South Pacific). A specialist in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, she has been hailed as “appealing both vocally and comedically” (Kansas City Star) for her work in this genre. Critics have called her mezzo-soprano voice “lustrous, sumptuous” (Theater Scene); her rendition of the role of Lisa in The Grand Duke was “exquisitely sung, garnering one of the biggest hands of the evening” (Forbes).

Ms. Attebury is a featured soloist on the Grammy-nominated Israel in Egypt with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick’s Missa Gentis Humanae for 8 voices, Julian Wachner’s Symphony No. 1, and a new release of the choral works of Trevor Weston. A skilled ensemble musician, she appears on Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning work Anthracite Fields, recorded with Bang on a Can All-Stars as well as Trinity’s Bach Motets.

Melissa is the Associate Director of Music at Trinity Wall Street and on the faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival. She manages Trinity’s music outreach program in the public schools, serving over 250 school age children. Also at Trinity, she created and directs the chorister program; her choristers make their recorded debut on The Snow Lay on the Ground, carol settings of Julian Wachner, and on the Trevor Weston works. She has conducted performances of the choristers with Josh Grobin, in the film Love is Strange, and many events at Trinity Wall Street.

Opera

Marie de Grandmaison
La descente d’Orphée aux enfers
Mrs. Noye – Noye’s Fludde
Fluffer – The Enchanted Organ
Priestess – King Arthur
Lysimachus – The Rival Queens
Stephano – Romeo et Juliette
Carmen – Carmen
Dorabella – Cosi fan tutte
Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor
Foreign Singer Postcard from Morocco
Lola – Cavalleria Rusticana
Giovanna – Rigoletto
Blanche Dialogues of the Carmelites
Arminda La finta giardiniera
Despina Cosi fan tutte
Susanna – Le nozze di Figaro
Papagena – The Magic Flute
Grandmother – Little Red Riding Hood
Sandman Hansel and Gretel
Belinda  Dido and Aeneas

Concert/Oratorio

Bach St. John Passion
Bach St. Matthew Passion
Bach Mass in B Minor
Bach Magnificat
Bach Weihnachts Oratorium
Handel Israel in Egypt
Handel Messiah
Handel Dixit Dominus
Handel Theodora
Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
Haydn Mass in Time of War
Mendelssohn Elijah
Monteverdi Vespers
Mozart Great Mass in C Minor
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mozart Requiem
Mozart Vespers
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Purcell Te Deum and Jubilate
Rachmaninoff Vespers
Rossini Petite Messes Solennelle
Stravinsky A Sermon, a Narrative, and a Prayer
Stravinsky The Flood
Stravinksy Mass
Stravinsky Threni
Vivaldi Gloria
Vivaldi Magnificat

Operetta/Musical
Theater

Rosalia-West Side Story
Kate-Pirates of Penzance
Pitti-sing-Mikado
Melissa-Princess Ida
Phoebe-Yeoman of the Guard
Buttercup-HMS Pinafore
Lelia-Iolanthe
Orlovsky-Die Fledermaus

Roles prepared:
Dido/Sorceress-Dido and Aeneas
Rosina-Il barbiere di Siviglia
Angelina-La Cenerentola
Giovanna-Anna Bolena
Ariodante-Ariodante
Sesto-Guilio Caesare
Cherubino-Le nozze di Figaro
Annio/Sesto-La clemenza di Tito
Maddalena-Rigoletto
Ottavia-L’incoronazione di Poppea

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