Melissa Zgouridi

Melissa Zgouridi

Hailed for her “enchantingly beautiful mezzo, strong characterization & [voice] full of colors” (Saarbrücker Zeitung), Melissa Zgouridi, is quickly making a name for herself both in Europe and in her native USA. The young Brazilian-American-Chinese singer recently joined the ensemble of the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, Germany. Whilst there she has performed the 3rd Weird Sister in the German premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s Macbeth Underworld, Ruggiero in Alcina, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Mercédès in Carmen. In addition to her productions at the theater, Melissa recently performed Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with ensemble KONTRASTE under the baton of Maestro Jac van Steen in Nürnberg and appeared as the Guest Alumni Soloist in Symphony of Dreams at the Musco Center for the Arts. Ms. Zgouridi also took on the role of Ruggiero in Alcina with Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern.

Zgouridi continues her tenure at Saarländisches Staatstheater this season from the previous, performing the title role of Carmen, Erda in Das Rheingold, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Flora in La Traviata, as well as Laertes in the World Premiere of Sarah Nemtsov’s Ophelia. Future seasons see her debut with Theater Dortmund.

 

Calendar

Event Date
May 20
to
May 22
Alcina
Ruggiero
Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern
Kaiserslautern, Germany
Event Date
Jun 17
to
Jul 12
Carmen
Mercedes (Carmen)
Saarländisches Staatstheater
Saarbrücken, Germany
Event Date
Sep 18
to
May 29
Das Rheingold
Erda
Saarländisches Staatstheater
Saarbrücken, Germany
Event Date
Oct 22
to
Jan 21
Carmen
Carmen
Saarländisches Staatstheater
Saarbrücken, Germany
Event Date
Dec 10
to
Jul 5
Die Fledermaus
Orlofsky
Saarländisches Staatstheater
Saarbrücken, Germany
Event Date
May 13
to
Jun 28
Ophelia (World Premiere)
Laertes
Saarländisches Staatstheater
Saarbrücken, Germany
Event Date
Jun 17
to
Jul 15
La traviata
Flora
Saarländisches Staatstheater
Saarbrücken, Germany

Artist Bio

Hailed for her “enchantingly beautiful mezzo, strong characterization & [voice] full of colors” (Saarbrücker Zeitung), Melissa Zgouridi, is quickly making a name for herself both in Europe and in her native USA. The young Brazilian-American-Chinese singer recently joined the ensemble of the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, Germany. Whilst there she has performed the 3rd Weird Sister in the German premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s Macbeth Underworld, Ruggiero in Alcina, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Mercédès in Carmen. In addition to her productions at the theater, Melissa recently performed Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with ensemble KONTRASTE under the baton of Maestro Jac van Steen in Nürnberg and appeared as the Guest Alumni Soloist in Symphony of Dreams at the Musco Center for the Arts. Ms. Zgouridi also took on the role of Ruggiero in Alcina with Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern.

Zgouridi continues her tenure at Saarländisches Staatstheater this season from the previous, performing the title role of Carmen, Erda in Das Rheingold, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Flora in La Traviata, as well as Laertes in the World Premiere of Sarah Nemtsov’s Ophelia. Future seasons see her debut with Theater Dortmund.

Prior to her Fest engagement in Saarbrücken, Melissa appeared in various concerts & projects throughout Europe. She was a featured soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the St. Gellert Festival in Hungary, sang Roßweiße in a concert version of Wagner’s Die Walküre, conducted by Maestro Domonkos Héja, at the Staatstheater Augsburg in Germany, and performed as a Lehrbuben in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, conducted by Christian Thielemann and directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog, at the Salzburg Easter Festival. In the Summer of 2020, Melissa was scheduled to make her role and US debut as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Opera Saratoga and was selected to be a Britten-Pears Young Artist under Anne-Sofie von Otter and Malcom Martineau at the Aldeburgh Festival.

A passionate oratorio and concert performer, Melissa has been heard as a soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Scena di Berenice and Paukenmesse, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Requiem and Mass in C Major, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 3 in Austria, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands & the United States. 

Melissa is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. She was most recently a finalist and the recipient of the “Eva Kleinitz Award” at the 2021 Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino, a semifinalist in the Paris Opera Competition and was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Bayreuth Scholarship by the International Richard Wagner Association. Melissa was the winner of the fifth prize and the extraordinary prize “Mercedes Viñas” at the 57th International Tenor Viñas Competition in Barcelona, a District Winner of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the recipient of the second prize in both the “Lied & Oratorio” and “Opera” categories of The American Prize Competition. Further accolades include the “Young Talent Award” at the Immling Festival’s International Singing Competition and first prize in the Friends of Eastman Opera Vocal Competition as well as a 2015-2016 Fulbright Grant. 

Melissa graduated with distinction from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria) with a master’s degree in Lied and Oratorio performance and holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York (USA). She completed additional training and residencies with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center (USA), the Exzellenz Labor Gesang with Hedwig Fassbender (Germany), Eppaner Liedsommer with Brigitte Fassbaender (South Tyrol) and Opera Saratoga in an online version of their 2020 Young Artist program.

Updated August 28, 2022

Video

“Air des lettres” from Werther

“Sta nell’ircana” from Handel’s Alcina

Haydn’s Scena di Berenice

“Sonnett für Wien” (Op 41) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold

“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Habanera) from Bizet’s Carmen

“Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno!” from Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri

“Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte” by Jean Sibelius

Press

"With her passionate interpretation & remarkable technique, she achieved by far the greatest success." – DAS OPERNGLAS

Alcina, Saarländisches Staatstheater – "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."

"...an enchantingly beautiful mezzo, strong characterization, warm, full of colors..." – SAARBRÜCKER ZEITUNG

Alcina, Saarländisches Staatstheater – "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."

"...an attractive & ample voice..." – BECKMESSER.COM

57th International Tenor Viñas Competition, Gran Teatre del Liceu – "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.”

"...warm, distinctive timbre & heartfelt interpretation..." – DREHPUNKTKULTUR.AT

St. Matthew Passion, BachWerkVokal Salzburg – "The alto [soloist], Melissa Zgouridi, captivated the audience with her warm, distinctive timbre & heartfelt interpretation."

"...here is a future Verdi singer..." – NORD24

Gala Concert, International Opera Academy – "Melissa Zgouridi flooded listeners with her rich, incandescent tones...here is a future Verdi singer.."