Melanie Sonnenberg has impressed the music world with her distinctive mezzo soprano interpretations, ranging from bel canto to French and Russian repertoire. Whether recognized as “a rich and fluent mezzo” by The New York Times or as “a master and virtuosa of voice” by Opernwelt, her performances throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, and Asia, with the companies of Hamburg, Salzburg, Graz, Teatro San Carlo, Tokyo, New York City, Washington, Dallas, Seattle, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Diego, Austin, New Orleans, Edmonton, Ontario, among others, have garnered critical and public acclaim.
She has been featured with the Opera Orchestra of New York, Little Orchestra Society of New York, Grazer Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, Texas Music Festival, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Brazos Symphony, Festival of San Miguel de Allende, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and the Bach Society of St. Louis.
She is featured on the new release, As you set out for Ithaka, from Albany Records. Film and live television credits include Das Rheingold and Die Walküre for Austrian Radio and Television, Cavalleria Rusticana for “Live from Lincoln Center,” The Merry Widow with Beverly Sills for “Great Performances” on PBS, and recordings available on the Reference and House of Opera labels.
In addition to some sixty operatic roles, Ms Sonnenberg has sung chamber music and recitals throughout the world, collaborating with international musicians, including Jean-Philippe Collard, Dimitri Sitkovetsky, Frederick Chiu, and Eteri Andjaparidze.
Ms Sonnenberg is currently Associate Professor of Voice at the Moores School of Music University of Houston. She is Co-founder and General Director of Le Chiavi di Bel Canto, an advanced study program sponsored by Texas Music Festival, while also serving as a national adjudicator and clinician for Classical Singer, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Opera America. She has previously served on the faculties of Westminster College of the Arts and The Catholic University of America.