Brazilian-American mezzo-soprano/ contralto Melissa Zgouridi will join the ensemble of Saarländisches Staatstheater in January 2021. Her upcoming roles include Siegrune/ Die Walküre, Mércèdes/ Carmen and the title role of a new production Marlène Baleine. In summer 2020, as a featured Young Artist with Opera Saratoga, she will sing Suzuki/Madama Butterfly, Ruth/The Pirates of Penzance (cover) and the alto solo in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle.
Her recent performances include the alto solo in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with COV Soli Deo Gloria in the Netherlands, Roßweiße in a concert version of Die Walküre with Staatstheater Augsburg as well as Lehrbube/ Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Salzburg Easter Festival, conducted by Christian Thielemann and directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog.
Melissa Zgouridi graduated from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in 2018 with a Master’s Degree. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In student productions she performed Bradamante/Alcina, Olga/Eugene Onegin, Mère Jeanne/ Dialogues des Carmélites, Amastre/ Serse and Miss Todd/ The Old Maid and the Thief. With the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center she sang Mrs. Quickly/ Falstaff, Maddalena/ Rigoletto (cover) and Augusta Tabor/ The Ballad of Baby Doe.
A passionate concert performer, her repertoire includes Händel’s Messiah, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony “Resurrection” and 3rd Symphony, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Major "Piccolomini". At St. Gellert Festival in Szeged, she sang the alto solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Melissa Zgouridi won 5th Prize as well as the “Mercedes Viñas” Prize at the International Tenor Viñas Contest 2020. She was a district winner in the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, received the Young Talent Award at the Immling International Singing Contest 2016 and a 2015-2016 Fulbright Grant.