American soprano Melissa Wolfmann is at home on the opera and concert stage. Known for her remarkable range and versatility, the Modesto Bee recently hailed Miss Wolfmann's portrayal of Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera as dramatically full of "pathos" and that her voice is "beautiful and expressive" with well controlled pianissimos "worth the price of the ticket alone".
Upcoming engagements include a solo recital entitled Opera Heroines: The Price of Love featuring arias from some of opera's most famous heroines on behalf of the Fresno State Alumni Concert Series.
Engagements for 2007 include an acclaimed performance of Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with Pacific Repertory Opera, a Verdi Gala Concert, holiday concert at Hearst Castle and Clorinda in La Cenerentola with Fresno Grand Opera, where Fresno Bee critic Donald Monroe described her comedic stepsister antics as "flitt[ing] about with a nerdy aplomb."
2005-2006 season career highlights include Miss Wolfmann’s critically acclaimed debut of the role Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with Townsend Opera and a “testy” Nella in Gianni Schicchi and Sylvianne in The Merry Widow with Fresno Grand Opera. Other performances this past season include soloist in Fresno Grand Opera’s “Encore Concert”, and Messiah highlights and Gala Concert soloist appearance with Townsend Opera.
Engagements for 2003 and 2004 included Frasquita in Carmen, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and High Priestess in Aïda with Fresno Grand Opera, Messiah highlights Tulare County Symphony, soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and a “Holiday Extravaganza” concert with the Fresno Philharmonic, and as a guest soloist at the Czech Embassy for Czech National Independence Day. As well as her new music-modernistic chamber ensemble debut with San Franciscan based Nanos Operetta in 3 DROPS OF BLOOD, a quarterly performance series, which SF Weekly hails, "Individually these artists are spellbinding, together they will transform your notion of a night out."
Other engagements include Micaëla in Carmen with California Opera, Frasquita in Carmen with Tulare County Symphony, Inez in Il Trovatore, Flora in La Traviata with the Fresno Philharmonic and Fresno Grand Opera, Ida in Die Fledermaus, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto with Fresno Grand Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera festival di Roma, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. Miss Wolfmann has also been a featured live telecast artist for Public Valley Television where she was acclaimed as giving a “moving performance” of Madama Butterfly's "Un bel di".
Miss Wolfmann is 2004 semi-finalist in the Vera Scammon International Vocal Competition, a guest competitor at the Boris Christoff International Voice Competition and past award winner in the Fresno Music Club and Mu Phi Epsilon vocal competition.
In addition to her performing, Melissa is a music instructor at Fresno City College, where she teaches voice and directs their opera workshop, music appreciation and voice classes. She is also the founder and coordinator of the Fresno Opera League Scholarship Auditions (an audition that provides scholarship to young singers from Central California) and is the former opera chorus director for Fresno Grand Opera.
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