Soprano Melissa Harvey’s impressive stylistic versatility can be heard in operatic and concert repertoire spanning over four centuries. Her recent activity in 20th and 21st century opera includes the world premiere of Douglas Pew’s Lo the Bridegroom Comes, Alice in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, covering the role of Flora in New York City Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw, and world premieres of three operas with the Cincinnati-based NANOWorks Opera. Ms. Harvey joined both Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Philadelphia for the world premiere production of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters, in which she covered the role of Lucinda.
On the other end of the spectrum, Ms. Harvey’s prodigious activity in early music has made her invaluable to concert organizations such as Catacoustic Consort, Collegium Cincinnati, Bourbon Baroque, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. With these organizations, she has performed such works as Bach Cantatas BWV 04, 71, 106, 196, Magnificat, and Christmas Oratorio; Buxtehude (BuxWV 750), Handel (Dixit Dominus and various duets), Haydn (Lord Nelson Mass), Monteverdi (various duets), Mozart (Mass in c minor), Poulenc (Gloria), and Steffani (Stabat Mater). In 2016, she rejoined Collegium Cincinnati for Bach’s St. John Passion and Catacoustic Consort for two works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Le reniement de St. Pierre and the world premiere of a never-before-performed opera from 1685, La fête du Ruel. During the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Harvey participates in Catacoustic Consort’s Italian song program entitled In Song Lay My Desire and several concerts with Collegium Cincinnati, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, and St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Ms. Harvey received her BM and MM in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). At CCM, her operatic repertoire included Sister Constance (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), and Amore (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Her concert repertoire included Bach Cantatas BWV 78 & 79, Fauré Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah, Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai and Mass in Time of War, and Steve Reich’s Tehillim. Among the scholarships and awards Ms. Harvey has received are the Dieterle Vocal Scholarship, the Baur/Powell Scholarship, the Mercer Scholarship for language study (Freiburg, Germany), and a 2009 Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions.