Soprano Melissa Harvey’s impressive stylistic versatility can be heard in operatic and concert repertoire spanning over four centuries. Her recent activity in 20th and 21st century opera includes the world premiere of Douglas Pew’s Lo the Bridegroom Comes, Alice in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, Flora (cover) in New York City Opera’s The Turn of the Screw, three world premieres with the Cincinnati-based NANOWorks Opera, and Lucinda (cover) with Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Philadelphia for the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters. Ms. Harvey’s prodigious activity in early music has made her invaluable to concert organizations such as Catacoustic Consort, Collegium Cincinnati, and Bourbon Baroque. With these organizations, she has performed such works as Bach Cantatas BWV 04, 71, 106, 196, Magnificat, and Christmas Oratorio, Handel (Dixit Dominus and various duets), Haydn (Lord Nelson Mass), Mozart (Mass in c minor), and Poulenc (Gloria).
Ms. Harvey’s 2017-2018 Season included performances of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Drusilla) with Cincinnati Opera, two CD recordings with Cincinnati-based Catacoustic Consort, performances with the Meininger Staatstheater, and several engagements with Catacoustic Consort, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, and The Bach Ensemble. During the 2016-2017 Season, Ms. Harvey participated in Cincinnati Opera’s Frida by Robert Xavier Rodríguez and Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar, as well as the Bach Society of Dayton’s St. John Passion (soprano soloist). She rejoined Collegium Cincinnati for Bach’s St. John Passion and Handel’s Messiah and Catacoustic Consort for two works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Le reniement de St. Pierre and the world premiere of his opera La fête du Ruel (1685). Ms. Harvey received her BM and MM in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).