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Melissa Schiel, mezzo-soprano, will work with Willamette University voice students.
Mezzo-soprano Melissa Schiel has established herself as a preeminent stage performer, recitalist and pedagogue. She has been hailed as a “…velvety mezzo-soprano, who displays bona fide acting smarts as well.” (Victoria Times Colonist) Schiel has performed with numerous companies and orchestras including Opera Ontario, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Tanglewood Music Center, The Boris Brott Festival, The Mountain View International Festival of Song, Kitchener -Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Schiel has performed concert and oratorio works including: Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
Schiel has also established herself as a uniquely versatile musician, performing a broad spectrum of repertoire. Consistently seeking to champion the works of contemporary composers, Schiel has premiered several modern works including the role of Estelle Oglethorpe in Later the Same Evening: a 2007 opera by John Musto inspired by art work of American Edward Hopper in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
On the operatic stage, her roles include: Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Maddelena (Rigoletto), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), The Old Lady (Candide), Berta (Il barbière di Siviglia) and Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring). Upcoming performances include Verdi’s Requiem with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, Melissa now resides in Ellensburg, WA. She is a faculty member in the department of music at Central Washington University.