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BIOGRAPHY

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Brazilian-American mezzo-soprano Melissa Zgouridi has been lauded by audiences & critics alike for her “sublime, sparkling bronze voice” (Forumopera.com) & “passionate interpretation” (Das Opernglas). 

 

Melissa opens her 2024/2025 season as Carmen in a new production of Bizet's iconic opera for Theater Hagen. Melissa will then make her role debut as Erda in “Siegfried” at the Saarländisches Staatstheater. She will then return to Theater Dortmund as Erda in both "Das Rheingold" and "Siegfried" as part of their presentation of the full Ring cycle. In May 2025, Melissa will perform Erda in a concert version of “Siegfried” at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles with Sébastien Rouland & the Saarländisches Staatsorchester.

 

In the 2023/2024 season, Melissa sang the 3rd Weird Sister in Pascal Dusapin’s “Macbeth Underworld” at the Opéra Comique (directed by Thomas Jolly, conducted by Franck Ollu), Prinz Orlofsky in“Die Fledermaus” with Stadttheater Klagenfurt (directed by Aron Stiehl, conducted by Nicholas Milton), Erda in a new production of “Das Rheingold” at Theater Dortmund (directed by Peter Konwitschny, conducted by Gabriel Feltz) & covered Suzuki in Anthony Minghella’s celebrated production of “Madama Butterfly” at the Metropolitan Opera

Top: As Carmen in "Carmen"
Left: "Das Rheingold" at Versailles

From 2021 to 2023, Melissa was in the ensemble of the Saarländisches Staatstheater. She quickly became a "crowd favorite" (OPUS Kulturmagazin) through her dynamic performances of Carmen (Carmen), Ruggiero (Alcina), Erda (Das Rheingold) & Prinz Orlofksy (Die Fledermaus). In 2023, she created the role of Laertes in the world premiere of Sarah Nemtsov’s “Ophelia”. Melissa appeared with the Saarländisches Staatstheater at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles as both Erda & Floßhilde in a concert version of “Das Rheingold” & at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg as the 3rd Weird Sister in Pascal Dusapin’s “Macbeth Underworld”.

Additional previous engagements include Berg’s "Sieben frühe Lieder" with ensembleKONTRASTE under the baton of Jac van Steen in Nürnberg, Roßweiße in a concert version of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” for Staatstheater Augsburg & Lehrbuben in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” at the Salzburg Easter Festival, conducted by Christian Thielemann & directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog. A passionate oratorio & concert performer, she has been heard as a soloist in a range of repertoire in Austria, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands & the United States.

Melissa is the recipient of numerous prizes & awards. 

 

She was a finalist & recipient of the Eva Kleinitz Award at the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino & was awarded both Fifth Prize & the Mercedes Viñas Extraordinary Prize at the Tenor Vinãs Competition in Barcelona. Melissa is a grantee of the Olga Forrai Foundation for Dramatic Voices, a Bayreuth scholarship holder of the International Richard Wagner Association & a recipient of a Fulbright Grant.

 

Melissa graduated with distinction from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria) with a master’s degree in Lied & Oratorio performance & holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music (USA). Melissa lives in Austria. 

"Zgouridi's darkly colored voice has expression, character, substance. With her passionate interpretation & remarkable technique, she achieved by far the greatest success."

DAS OPERNGLAS

REPERTOIRE - OPERA

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BIZET

Carmen (Carmen)

Mercédès (Carmen)

DUSAPIN, PASCAL

3rd Weird Sister (Macbeth Underworld)

 

HANDEL

Amastre (Xerxes)

Ruggiero (Alcina) 

 

MENOTTI

Miss Todd (The Old Maid & the Thief)

 

MOORE, DOUGLAS

Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe)

NEMTSOV, SARAH

Laertes (Ophelia) - World Premiere

 

POULENC

Mère Jeanne (Les dialogues des Carmélites) -  in English

PUCCINI

Suzuki (Madama Butterfly)

 

J. STRAUSS

Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) - in German

 

R. STRAUSS

Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos)

TCHAIKOVSKY

Olga (Eugene Onegin)

 

VERDI

Flora (La Traviata)

Maddalena (Rigoletto)*

Quickly (Falstaff)

WAGNER

Erda (Das Rheingold)

Erda (Siegfried)+

Floßhilde (Das Rheingold)

Fricka (Das Rheingold)*

Roßweiße (Die Walküre)

REPERTOIRE - CONCERT

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BACH

St. Matthew Passion

Weihnachtsoratorium (Parts I-III)

BEETHOVEN

Symphony No. 9​ 

 

BERG

Sieben frühe Lieder

 

BERLIOZ

Les nuits d'été

DURUFLÉ

Requiem 

 

ELGAR

The Music Makers*​​

HANDEL

Messiah

HAYDN

Paukenmesse

Scena di Berenice (Hob. Xxiva:10)​

 

MAHLER

Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 3 

 

MOZART

Ch'io mi scordi di te? (K.505)

Coronation Mass

Mass in C Major "Piccolomini"

Requiem​

ROSSINI

Petite messe solennelle 

 

PERGOLESI

Stabat mater

 

VERDI

Requiem+

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