Soprano Mélissa Petit will make her Salzburg debut with three performances during the 2021 Whitsun Festival.
On 21 and 23 May, she will sing Bellezza with Cecilia Bartoli’s Piacere, Lawrence Zazzo (Disinganno) and Charles Workman (Tempo) in Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e Del Disinganno. The Robert Carsen production features Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco conducted by Gianluca Capuano.
On 22 May, Mélissa will sing Servilia in the concert production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Gianluca Capuano conducts Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco and Bachchor Salzburg. In addition to Bartoli (Sesto) and Workman (Tito Vespasiano), she is joined by Anna Prohaska (Vitellia), Lea Desandre (Annio) and Peter Kálmán (Pubio)
“Luminous soprano” (Online Muzik Magazin) Mélissa Petit studied in both her hometown of Saint-Raphaël and Nice, before joining the International Opera Studio of Hamburg State Opera, followed by Zurich Opera. Recent highlights include Sophie (Werther), Marzelline (Fidelio), Aennchen (Der Freischütz) and Créuse in Charpentier’s Médée in Zurich; Micaëla (Carmen) and Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Bregenz Festival; Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) both at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf; Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore) and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) at Paris Opéra; and Aricie in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie in a co-production shared by the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Zurich Opera.
Mélissa’s forthcoming role debuts include Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites) and the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.