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Melanie is a soprano and dancer reframing standard opera repertory through a movement-driven lens, and collaborating with artists on new works challenging systemic norms within classical music. Recent projects include appearances with Borne Dance Company, National Sawdust, and Your Faithful Reader at Triskelion Arts. She has also presented choreographed operatic works at Triskelion Arts, GreenSpace, Spoke the Hub, Bridge for Dance, and SMUSH Gallery. Currently, Melanie is completing prerequisite courses for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies through a Work/Study Internship with Alexandra Beller/Dances, and is the Touring and Artist Services Associate with Beth Morrison Projects. 


During the 2021-2022 season, Melanie collaborated with multimedia artist ONOH as SEED Residency Artists with [nueBOX]; with additional support from composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, they arranged the finale to Mozart’s Don Giovanni for soprano, dance, visuals, and electronics, reframing the story through a female perspective. Additional 2021-2022 projects include choreographing and performing Jake Heggie’s Eve Song with pianist Karey Miles, premiering composer Ashlee Busch’s Joy Girl with Micaela Rebb and the Arizona Women’s Collaborative, and joining the 2022 Teaching Artist Training Cohort with Mark Morris Dance Group.

Melanie was a 2019 Emerging Artist with Opera in the Ozarks, singing in Little Women (Amy), The Abduction from the Seraglio (Blonde), covering Musetta in La Boheme, and touring Northwest Arkansas as a Pre-Season Outreach Artist. She was a featured performer with the 2019 OME New Music Festival, performing music by Guest Composer-in-Residence Sarah Gibson and premiering composer Ashlee Busch’s song cycle Atypical Chronicles. As a 2018-2019 Molly Blank Fund ASU-Gammage Teaching Artist, Melanie developed her own artist residency based on the Kennedy Center’s Arts Integration Method, and led Teaching Artist residencies at Red Mountain High School (Mesa, AZ), and with the Scottsdale Arts Cultural Connections Program (Scottsdale, AZ). Additional engagements include joining Arizona Opera as a 2018 Education Artist, singing in Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), Opera 101: The Audition (Soprano Soloist), and in the lecture recital Candide’s Musical Mayhem (Featured Soloist).


Melanie has sung in multiple workshops and readings of new operas and musicals, Silvia in Behold the Man (Paul Fowler/Andrew Flack) 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.


Melanie’s accolades include being an Arizona State Lyric Opera Theatre Guild Grant Recipient, an Encouragement Award Winner at the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, and a Semi-Finalist in the Phoenix Opera Southwest Vocal Competition. She is also an alum of the 2020 DBR Lab, an interdisciplinary artist lab curated by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Jeff McMahon, and Arizona State University. She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BM/Voice with a Dance Minor) and Arizona State University (DMA/Voice & MM/Opera Performance), where her graduate research focused on using Gaga Movement Language and Bartenieff Fundamentals to help singers develop deeper kinesthetic connections to their vocal technique. She currently lives in Brooklyn, and studies with Stephanie Weiss. 

Melanie  Holm
Soprano. Dancer. Creator. 


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Events, Projects & Performances

Your Faithful Reader

 Melanie joins the ensemble for Your Faithful Reader, an experimental theater piece by Miriam Wasmund, for their 23/24 season

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Work/Study Intern
Alexandra Beller/Dances

 Melanie is interning with Alexandra Beller/Dances while taking prerequisite courses for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies

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Recent Projects

April 2, 2023

Guest Artist
DBR Artist Showcase

National Sawdust

 Melanie is a guest artist at the DBR Lab Artist Showcase, curated by composer/violinist/activist Daniel Bernard Roumain

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January-June 2022
Teaching Artist Training Program
Mark Morris Dance Group

Melanie joins the 2022 Teaching Artist Training Cohort with Mark Morris Dance Group 

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April 20-23, 2023
Various Times


Your Faithful Reader
Triskelion Arts

Melanie joins the ensemble of Your Faithful Reader, an experimental theatre piece directed and choreographed by Miriam Wasmund

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March 27, 2022
New Works Concert

Arizona State University

Melanie collaborates with soprano Micaela Rebb and composer Ashlee Busch to create a new piece for the 4th Cycle of the Arizona Women's Collaborative

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Melanie's Musings

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