Mezzo Soprano, Melissa Collom, has appeared on some of the United States’ most celebrated stages. Favorite performances include Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Seattle Opera), Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Central City Opera), Pitti-Sing in The Mikado (New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players), and Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit! (Greensburg American Opera). Melissa has appeared in the choruses of the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera, and spent four seasons singing in the chorus of the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, including a solo appearance there as Ein Sklave in Salome. She is a former soloist and section leader of the Washington National Cathedral.
Her interest in new music has led to debut performances of new operatic works with American Opera Projects and songs cycles by Gerald Busby. She has performed as a recitalist as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Steinway Series, and recorded new works for chamber ensemble with New York’s Anti-Social Music composer’s group. Melissa is a native of the Washington, DC, area and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.