Described by the Lincoln Journal Star as a “mischievously effective” Amore in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, Melanie Holm is a soprano currently based in Phoenix, Arizona. This summer, Melanie was an Emerging Artist with Opera in the Ozarks, singing Amy in Little Women, Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio, and covering Musetta in La Boheme. In addition, she was one of Opera in the Ozarks Pre-Season Outreach Artists, giving performances for schools and communities in a preseason performance tour throughout Northwest Arkansas.
Recently, Melanie was a featured performer with the 2019 OME New Music Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, performing music by OME Guest Composer-in-Residence Sarah Gibson and premiering the song cycle Atypical Chronicles by composer Ashlee Busch. Additional recent engagements include joining Arizona Opera as a 2018 Education Artist, singing nearly 100 performances of Hansel and Gretel (Gretel) and Opera 101: The Audition (Soprano Soloist) to over 40,000 students. As an Education Artist, she was also a featured soloist in Candide’s Musical Mayhem, a lecture recital hosted by Arizona Opera and Nina Bernstein Simmons.
Melanie is passionate about contemporary music and using dance to present opera in innovative and exciting ways. She is part of the Arizona Women's Collaborative, an initiative promoting works by female identifying composer/librettist teams, and collaborated with composer Ashlee Busch and poet Rosemarie Dombrowski to create the song cycle Atypical Chronicles as part of the Collaborative's inaugural season. Melanie’s years of dance training have also found their way onto the opera stage in Arizona Opera’s Rusalka, and as Galatea in a choreographed adaptation of Handel’s Acis and Galatea at Arizona State University. In addition, she has sung in multiple workshops and readings of new operas and musicals, singing Silvia in Behold the Man (Paul Fowler/Andrew Flack), an operatic retelling of the botched Ecce Homo fresco internet meme sensation (www.beholdthemanopera.com) with Arizona State University, Lynn in The Halloween Tree (Theo Popov/Tony Asaro) in collaboration with Arizona State University and American Lyric Theater, Lillie in Babe (Andrea Jill Higgins/Carolyn Gage) at Arizona State University and the National Women’s Music Festival, and La Babette in Big Red Sun (Georgia Stitt/Jon Jiler) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Additional performances include Owen Wingrave (Mrs. Julian) and The Magic Flute (Papagena) with Arizona State University, and The Gypsy Baron (Arsena), and Dido and Aeneas (Belinda) with the Mittelsächsisches Theater-Freiberg, Germany. Melanie is also an alum of the Arizona Opera/ASU Study Cover Program, having prepared roles in Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna and Barbarina), Falstaff (Nannetta), Don Giovanni (Zerlina), The Magic Flute (Papagena), and Don Pasquale (Norina) under the tutelage of Arizona Opera staff and ASU faculty.
An Encouragement Award Winner at the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions and Semi-Finalist in the Phoenix Opera Southwest Vocal Competition, Melanie holds degrees from Arizona State University (MM/Opera Performance), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BM/Voice with a Dance Minor). She currently studies with Stephanie Weiss.