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MELISSA ZGOURIDI

MEZZO-SOPRANO

BIOGRAPHY

Brazilian-American mezzo-soprano Melissa Zgouridi has been lauded by audiences and critics alike for her “sublime, sparkling bronze voice” (Forumopera.com) and “passionate interpretation” (Das Opernglas).

 

Melissa opens her 2024/2025 season as Carmen in a new production of Bizet’s iconic opera for Theater Hagen. Melissa will then make her role début as Erda in Siegfried at the Saarländisches Staatstheater before returning to Theater Dortmund for her second Erda in Siegfried and reprise her critically acclaimed role as Erda in Das Rheingold. In May 2025, Melissa will appear as Erda in a concert version of Siegfried at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles with Sébastien Rouland and the Saarländisches Staatsorchester.

 

In the 2023/2024 season, Melissa sang the Third Weird Sister in Pascal Dusapin’s Macbeth Underworld at Opéra Comique (directed by Thomas Jolly, conducted by Franck Ollu), Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Stadttheater Klagenfurt (directed by Aron Stiehl, conducted by Nicholas Milton), Erda in a new production of Das Rheingold at Theater Dortmund (directed by Peter Konwitschny, conducted by Gabriel Feltz) and covered Suzuki in Anthony Minghella’s celebrated production of Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera.

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM


“…sublime, sparkling bronze singing…” – Christine Ducq, ForumOpera.com


ERDA (DAS RHEINGOLD) – OPÉRA ROYAL DU CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES – “Finally, one can't help but understand Wotan […] yielding to the sublime, sparkling bronze singing of Melissa Zgouridi's Erda, an ideally Wagnerian young mezzo, who passionately binds us to her every word ("I know all that was, all that will be"). Coming from the Urwala and messenger of Eternity, her mysterious warning has the superior accentuations of the great tragediennes of the past.”

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“…a broad, velvety and powerful timbre…” – Axel Driffort, Olyrix.com


FLOSSHILDE & ERDA (DAS RHEINGOLD) – OPÉRA ROYAL DU CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES – “Finally, Flosshilde by Melissa Zgouridi – who is also performing Erda this evening – with a broad, velvety and powerful timbre, stands out particularly for the clarity of her vowels as well as the length of her sentences. In [Erda's] scene, the lyricism of her tessitura, as well as the constancy of her projection and the intensity of her vibrato in the treble are particularly noticeable."

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“…when she sings, a sonorous voice pours out & enchants the ear…” – Oliver Schwambach, Saarbrücker Zeitung


ERDA (DAS RHEINGOLD) – SAARLÄNDISCHES STAATSTHEATER – “One must indeed wait for Melissa Zgouridi’s sublime alto, her appearance as Erda, but when she sings, a sonorous voice pours out & enchants the ear. When this earth mother speaks & singes, even Wotan, father of the gods, takes two steps back.”

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"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."

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"...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."

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