Melissa Jean Chávez, soprano

SELECTED PERFORMANCES
(202) 455-0741, melissa@melissajeanchavez.com
Opera Roles Libby Norton (premiere) Private Oliver Norton Loudoun Lyric Opera Princess Ida Princess Ida Victorian Lyric Opera Desdemona (understudy) Otello Castleton Festival Giorgetta Il tabarro Riverbend Opera Donna Elvira Don Giovanni Shenandoah Conservatory Desdemona Otello Riverbend Opera Geraldine The American Maid Victorian Lyric Opera Company Malla / Liebeslieder A Little Night Music Castleton Festival Hanna Glawari Merry Widow Loudoun Lyric Opera Die Fledermaus Victorian Lyric Opera Company Rosalinda Donna Elvira Don Giovanni Repertory Opera Theatre of DC Giulietta Les contes d’Hoffmann Riverbend Opera Mimi (cover) La Boheme Repertory Opera Theatre of DC Contessa Le nozze di Figaro Maryland Opera Society Sheep Wolf and the Lamb Winchester Opera Project Anna Maurrant Street Scene Shenandoah Conservatory Tebaldo Don Carlos Repertory Opera Theatre of DC Countess The Marriage of Figaro Shenandoah Conservatory Margaret Overtones Shenandoah Conservatory Lady in Waiting Macbeth Amici Opera Helena A Midsummer’s Night Dream Shenandoah Conservatory Soloist Choral/Orchestral 9th Symphony Nittany Valley Symphony Stabat Mater (Dvořák) Winchester Voices Les illuminations, cover (Britten) Castleton Festival Christmas Cantata (Chávez) Anno Domine, Annandale VA Soloist United States Army Chorus Magnifcat (Stamford) Christ Episcopal Church Gloria (Handel) Pennsylvania Baroque Ensemble Magnifcat (Bach) Arts Academy Chorale Messiah, soloist Laurel, MD Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Concerts on the Corner, Bethesda Requiem, soloist (Fauré) Tappahannock, VA Des Knaben Wunderhorn (selections) Shenandoah Conservatory Requiem, soloist (Webber) Concerts on the Corner, Bethesda Requiem, soloist (Mozart) Immanuel Church on the Hill Old American Songs Symphony of the Valley 2014 (Upcoming) 2013 (Upcoming) 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2008 2008 2013 (Upcoming) 2013 (Upcoming) 2013 (Upcoming) 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2010 2009 2012, 2013 2012 2011 2011 2010 2010 2009

AWARDS

Grant Winner Finalist Competition Winner 1st Place, State Competition Winner, Bach-Handel Competition 2nd Place, State Competition 2nd Place, Regional Competition

EDUCATION

Marion Park Lewis Foundation Philadelphia Lieder Society Assisi Music Festival NATS, Advanced College Women Shenandoah Conservatory NATS, Advanced College Women NATS, Advanced College Women

Voice: M.M., B.A., Pennsylvania State University, additional graduate work at Shenandoah Conservatory Teachers and Coaches: Debra Lawrence, Jan Wagner, Denyce Graves, Dietlinde Maazel, John O’Conor, Byron Jones, Michael Crabill, John Aler, Nancy Gustafson, Stanford Olsen, Jason Carlson

RECENT REVIEWS

“Melissa Chavez offered the evening’s finest singing; the part of Desdemona was perfect for her voice, and she drew out long, musical phrases. She was perhaps even more impressive in the ensemble scenes than her two big solos in Act IV, tempering some of the bellowing going on around her with coolly exemplary production.” Washington Post (2012) “Vocal excellence.” D.C. Metro Arts (2012) “A superb soprano…Young talent Melissa Jean Ch ávez is truly impressive.” Leesburg Today (2012) “Powerful voice [and] a resounding presence.” Loudoun Arts (2012) “Melissa Chavez, as Giulietta, was a courtesan voluptuous in voice and looks.” Washington Post (2011) “Gregory Turay’s innately glorious tenor solos…and the Puccini-like duet passages with emerging soprano Melissa Jean Chávez begged for a future pairing as Rodolfo and Mimi." Washington Post (2011)