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"The young mezzo-soprano Melissa Zgouridi, who has been a member of the Saarbrücken ensemble since 2021, shines as Ruggiero, actually a castrato role. The pants role is one of the most beautiful & demanding Handel roles ever. Zgouridi's darkly colored voice has expression, character, substance. With her passionate interpretation & remarkable technique, she achieved by far the greatest success."

M. FIEDLER (DAS OPERNGLAS) 
Alcina
 | Saarländisches Staatstheater | 2021

"And then the voices: In this production, they almost deliver an overabundance of good sound…& then especially Melissa Zgouridi [with] an enchantingly beautiful mezzo, strong characterization, warm, full of colors. If you heard her as Ruggiero, in this trouser role, the possible casting of the part with a countertenor would seem almost absurd."

OLIVER SCHWAMBACH (SAARBRÜCKER ZEITUNG) 
Alcina
 | Saarländisches Staatstheater | 2021

“Ruggiero was sung by Melissa Zgouridi in the premiere. [This is] a role that demands enormous strength & that needs the vocal security that Zgouridi brings, along [with her] vibrant tone.”

FRIEDRICH SPANGEMACHER (OPUS KULTURMAGAZINE)
Alcina
 | Saarländisches Staatstheater | 2021

"Melissa Zgouridi [embodied] the different moods of Ruggiero, who acts as if drugged, convincingly & with a beautiful sound.”

KOSTANZA FÜHRLBECK (DIE RHEINPFALZ)
Alcina | Saarländisches Staatstheater | 2021

"The American mezzo-soprano, Melissa Zgouridi, winner of the 5th prize, sang “Olga’s Aria” from Eugene Onegin & the “Air des Lettres” from Werther by Massenet. The impression was positive with an attractive & ample voice that is well managed.”

JOSÉ M. IRURZUN (BECKMESSER.COM)
Winner's Concert | 57th International Tenor Viñas Competition | Gran Teatre del Liceu | 2020

"Melissa Zgouridi, the fifth prize [winner], performed Olga from Eugene Onegin & Charlotte from Werther [with] an exceptional voice & velvety timbre."

DANI CORTÉS (BARCELONA CLÀSICA)
Winner's Concert | 57th International Tenor Viñas Competition | Gran Teatre del Liceu | 2020

"In the performance of the third award-winning mezzo, the American Melissa Zgouridi (Fifth Prize), [she] highlighted her dramatic instinct in the Werther Letter Aria, by Massenet"

JAVIER PÉREZ SENZ (EL PAÍS)
Winner's Concert | 57th International Tenor Viñas Competition | Gran Teatre del Liceu | 2020

"Melissa Zgouridi flooded listeners with her rich, incandescent tones...here is a future Verdi singer.."

NORD24
Concert Review | International Opera Academy | 2019

"Especially impressive was the singing of the alto [soloist], Melissa Zgouridi."

DE NIEUSBODE.NL
Petite messe solennelle | Toonkunstkoor Zeist, The Netherlands | 2019

"The alto [soloist], Melissa Zgouridi, captivated the audience with her warm, distinctive timbre & heartfelt interpretation."

DREHPUNKTKULTUR.AT
St. Matthew Passion | BachWerkVokal Salzburg | 2017