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Heidi Melton


— Soprano

“Soprano Heidi Melton proved nearly ideal as Sieglinde. She brought a rich voice to the role, showing smooth tenderness through most of the act, but was capable of thrilling energy, as well.”
Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review, February 15, 2018 – Act 1 of ‘Die Walküre’ with Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic

“The American soprano Heidi Melton demonstrated complete certainty and succeeded in singing the murderous part of Brünnhilde strongly until the very last note."
Allgemeine Zeitung, 16 October 2017 – Brünnhilde in ‘Götterdämmerung’ at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

"Melton sang her first monologue with vocal richness of detail. She also sang pianissimi with incredibly lyrical qualities, displaying the diversities of her gorgeous and nuanced soprano. In unusual beauty, the voice unfolded in heartfelt emotion with the passage "Er sah mir in die Augen". Without blemish, flourishing in tone, dynamically dramatic outbursts, overpowering the orchestra with sonorous, stunning volume, coupled with dreamlike piani and in the love duet, she displayed an all-embracing, overwhelming vocal focus. Brimming soft, glowing arches gave Heidi Melton the final Liebestod an almost mystical transfiguration."
Gerhard Hoffmann, Der neue Merker, March 28, 2016 - Isolde in 'Tristan und Isolde' at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

"Melton, who was outstanding singing Brünnhilde alongside Eric Owen’s Wotan with the New York Philharmonic in January, was superb again. She sang with a ringing, vibrant tone, and a way of phrasing that was natural and ideal. Her characterization was full of human, rather than grandiose, dignity."
George Grella, New York Classical Review, February 28, 2016 - Brünhilde's Immolation Scene with the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

"And so it went with the rest of the weekend’s Wagner: compelling excerpts from “Götterdämmerung” on Saturday, with the soprano Heidi Melton giving full, rich voice to Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene."
James Oestreich, New York Times, March 2, 2016 - Brünhilde's Immolation Scene with the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

About

The young American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton has been called “the Wagnerian voice we have been waiting for since Flagstad and Nilsson” (La Presse), a voice that is “big, gleaming and tonally resplendent” (San Francisco Chronicle).

In the 2018/2019 season, Heidi Melton returns to Badisches Staatstheater Karlsrueh for performances of Brünnhilde in Götterdämmerung, following critically acclaimed performances of the entire Ring Cycle last season. She also debuts with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Alan Gilbert in Le grand macabre. Ms. Melton recently returned to the New York Philharmonic as Sieglinde in Act . . .

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