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Praised by the New York Times as a “rich-toned alto who brought a measure
of depth to her performance,”
Melissa Attebury is a frequently engaged as
soloist in concerts and oratorio. In recent seasons, she has been featured as a
soloist in the
Messiah, Christmas Oratorio, St. Matthew and St. John Passion,
and several Bach cantatas with Julian Wachner and the Choir of Trinity Wall
Street. Other recent performances include the Rachmaninoff Vespers, Rosalia
West Side Story Concert Suites) with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie
Hall, her Avery FIsher Hall debut (Cherubino in
Mozart’s Vienna), Elijah
(Berkshire Choral Festival), and as a mezzo soloist for Trinity’s Stravinsky
Festival in spring of 2013. She was a soloist in the world premiere of Robert
Levin’s completed edition of Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, broadcast live on
WQXR. She was a District winner in the 2001 Metropolitan Opera Competition,
and the recipient of an artistic grant from the Kansas Cultural Trust.

Operatic credits include Carmen, Dorabella (
Così fan tutte), Lelia (Iolanthe),
Blanche (
Dialogues of the Carmelites), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro),
Phoebe (
Yeomen of the Guard), Lisa (Grand Duke), Melissa (Princess Ida),
Pitti-Sing (
Mikado) Kate (Pirates of Penzance), Stephano (Roméo et Juliette),
Orlovsky (
Die Fledermaus), Giovanna (Rigoletto), and Nellie (South Pacific). A
specialist in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, she has been hailed as
“appealing both vocally and comedically” (
Kansas City Star) for her work in this
genre. Following her recent performance as Lisa in The Grand Duke, critics
called her mezzo-soprano voice “lustrous, sumptuous” (
Theater Scene) and
her rendition of the role was “exquisitely sung, garnering one of the biggest
hands of the evening” (
Forbes on Footlights and Film).

In addition to singing, Melissa is the conductor of the Trinity Youth Chorus and
on the faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival. She has conducted
performances with Josh Grobin, at Trinity Wall Street as part of the Britten 100
Festival, and for the movie
Love is Strange, to be released in 2014.
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