Mezzo-Soprano, Melisa Bonetti, has been hailed by Opera Today as “a warm, supple mezzo that struck all the right impressions” and as “commanding a wonderful presence in the lower middle voice but also easily soaring heavenward with a well-schooled top.” As a member of Virginia Opera’s 2018-2019 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, Melisa Bonetti sings Ms. Olga Olsen in Street Scene, sings Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and covers Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. Melisa returns to Virginia Opera after her residency with the company last year in which she covered Delilah in Samson in Delilah, sang Wowkle in La Fanciulla del West, covered Hermia and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and sang Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. During her time off between seasons, Melisa took on her first Russian work as Marta in Iolanta with Queen City Opera in Cincinnati, and attended the international voice masterclass Ebe Stignani program in Imola, Italy on a full scholarship.
Prior engagements include Tyler in Three Way in a coproduction and tour with Nashville Opera & American Opera Projects, as well as an original cast album, the witch in Hansel and Gretel with Union Avenue Opera, Mercedes in Carmen with Nashville Opera and a separate production with Opera Columbus, as well as the Carmen cover during the Nashville show, Maria Maddalena in Galileo Galilei with Des Moines Metro Opera, Emilia in Otello with Dayton Opera, Flora in La Traviata with Kentucky Opera’s concert tours, and later in the Shippensburg Festival, Isabela in La Hija de Rappacinni with Des Moines Metro Opera, Clare in the premiere of A Woman in Morocco with Kentucky Opera, Federico Garcia Lorca in Ainadamar with the Lexington Philharmonic, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro in Kentucky Opera’s concert tours, and Maddalena in Rigoletto with the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
Concert engagements include Das Knabe Wunderhorn selections with the Richmond Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Dayton Philharmonic & Cincinnati Collegium, Handel’s Messiah with the Dayton Philharmonic, a Naxos recording of Granados Tonadillos selections arranged for wind symphony and El Amor Brujo with the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
Melisa is also a past Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artist, and a young artist from the inaugural season of I Sing Beijing in China. Melisa obtained her Master’s from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and her Bachelors from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music.