Soprano Melody Moore is enjoying a thriving career on the world’s leading stages, prompting Opera News to label her “a revelation,” and of her sold-out appearance at Carnegie Hall to rave, “As I left the auditorium, I could only think: more of Moore, please.”
The 2021-2022 season will see Ms. Moore’s return to Los Angeles Opera to repeat her tremendous success in the role of Amneris in Verdi’s Aida for six performances in May/June. Concert highlights of the season include Gertrude in Hänsel and Gretel with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Donald Runnicles, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of Juraj Valčuha. She also returns to the recording studio this season, documenting her interpretation of the title role in Puccini’s Tosca in a recording featuring the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, which will be released on the Pentatone label. Finally, Ms. Moore will be marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary soprano Renata Tebaldi with a recording featuring selections from the Italian repertoire.
Despite a number of postponements and cancelled productions due to COVID closures, Ms. Moore continued to reach audiences in the 2020-2021 season thanks to her recording projects, for which she is in prolific demand. Most recently, her renditions of the tragic title heroine Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Minnie in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro (all released on the Pentatone label) have been widely praised by reviewers and consumers alike.
In opera houses and festivals across the U.S. and Canada, Ms. Moore has sung the title roles of Kátya Kabanová and Salome, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Susan Rescorla in Heart of a Soldier, Mimì in La bohème, and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Julie in Show Boat, Marta in the American premiere of Weinberg’s The Passenger, the title role in Carmen, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and Regine St. Laurent in Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna. Additional performances have included the title role in Manon Lescaut and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, as well as appearances in Phillip Glass’ Appomattox and in Francesca Zambello’s highly acclaimed production of Wagner’s full Ring cycle in Washington. Her portrayal of Desdemona in a full recording of Verdi’s Otello was released by Pentatone in 2017. From the recording studio, 2019 saw the release of Moore’s critically acclaimed An American Song Album Pentatone recording.
On the concert stage, Ms. Moore has appeared with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Bruckner’s Te Deum, with Bard SummerScape Festival as the title role in Turandot, with Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra in performances and a recording of Gordon Getty’s opera Plump Jack, and with the New Century Chamber Orchestra. She has joined Rufus Wainwright for gala concerts at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
A Masters of Music graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ms. Moore is a former Adler Fellow of San Francisco Opera and a participant of the Merola program.