about Melissa Perry the singer:
Melissa Perry is a seasoned soprano whose shining voice of power, agility and classic Italian chiaroscuro is beginning to be recognized as a true Voce Verdiana. She has been acclaimed as Violetta and Gilda, and is extending her repertoire to Leonora in Il Trovator, and Elisabetta in Don Carlo.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Melissa Perry has appeared with the Fort Worth Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor and Madama Butterfly, sung The Merry Widow in Atlanta, Pamina in Brattleboro, and debuted Micaëla, Violetta and Gilda in and around Philadelphia. She created the role of Cathleen in the world premiere of Marga Richter’s Riders to The Sea for Music in New York, conducted by Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera and sang her first Nedda in I Pagliacci and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at New York’s Amato Opera.
In 2010 Melissa performed in the New York Christmas concert debut of welsh tenor Stephen Mullan for the Hispanic Society of America. In 2000, Melissa was a finalist in the New York Millennium Competition and she made her New York Debut at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall. Melissa has performed in concert throughout the United States, Mexico and Italy. She was soloist with SONUS chamber music group for flute, soprano and piano for three seasons, touring throughout the Delaware Valley.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Melissa Perry has performed Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and his Silete Venti, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. An advocate for new music, she has commissioned for herself two song cycles, Only the Wind by Andrea Clearfield and Love Songs by Anne Deane. She has also performed in the chamber version of Andrea Clearfield’s oratorio Women of Valor and given local premieres of songs by Aaron Kernis, and Jennifer Higdon. She participated in the world premiere of Maurice Wright’s opera Dr. Franklin, and recently released I Waltzed on the Water Once, a CD retrospective of songs by Paul M. Stouffer and James L. Marshall.
She was church soloist at major Center City Philadelphia Episcopal churches for over 15 years, including Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square, Christ Church where our forefathers prayed before signing the Declaration of Independence and at the beautiful St. Mark’s Episcopal Church that features some of the most treasured stained glass windows in the city. She was also a regular soloist for the weekly service at The First Baptist Church where she had the opportunity to work with world famous organist Alan Morrison.
Melissa is known to South Jersey and Philadelphia audiences for her performances with the Marian Anderson Galas, the Haddonfield Music School Galas, for Graziella’s Opera, at the Mirabella Cafe, Andrea Clearfield’s Salon, with the Independence Sinfonia Orchestra, the Shrewsbury String Quartet, concerts at Epworth United Methodist Church, Grace Baptist Church of Westmont, the Bel Italia Society, Music for all Seasons, Saturday Matinee Music Club, and many other art series in the area.
She has sung with world class soloists: Stephen Mullan (La Scala), John Packard (San Francisco Opera, City Opera), Stuart Neill (Metropolitan Opera), Carlos Serrano, Cody Austin, Donald Braswell (America’s Got Talent TV Star), Tommy De Horney III, (Viva Viva!),Tatyana Rashkovsky, Suzanne Duplantis, Shannon Coulter, Carole Lombard, Judy Lovett, Cynthia Black, Sharon Rose Derstine (The Diva Duo), George Grey, (Bayreuth Opera, Germany), Luis Ledesma, Diane Fox, Walter Dumelle, Octavio Moreno, Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd Broadway), Hal Robinson (The Old Wicked Songs, Grand Hotel Broadway), Rob Barefield, Eduardo Villa (Metropolitan Opera), Emille Fath, Robert MacFarland (City Opera), and Pablo Veguilla. From 2004 to 2013, Melissa has performed with many colleagues in Songs for Sara Benefits, for her daughter Sara Ann Kronrot who has severe cerebral palsy. Friends of Sara artists Melissa has sung with include: John Packard, Carlos, Serrano, Sarah Rice, Rob Barefield, Hal Robinson, Stuart Neill, Diane Fox, Sharon Derstine, Tatyana Rashkovsky, Cody Austin, Octavio Moreno, Walter Dumelle, Cheryl Warfield, Maggie Mustico, Stephen Heath, Donald Braswell, Stephen Mullan, and Marianna Prizon, Azuza Dodo and Kidz Theater of New York..
Melissa is available for booking as a soloist for recitals, concerts, home concerts, weddings, and parties. She is an excellent lecturer, speaker and gives entertaining vocal Master classes where she inspires and obtains real results from the singers.