Mezzo-Soprano, Melisa Bonetti, has been hailed by Opera today as “a warm, supple mezzo that struck all the right impressions” and as “commanding a wonderful presence in the lower middle voice but also easily soaring heavenward with a well-schooled top.” Ms. Bonetti's 2018-2019 season includes Olga Olsen in Street Scene and Zerlina in Don Giovanni; both productions with Virginia Opera. In her concert work this season, Melisa will sing with Collegium Cincinnati for Handel's Messiah and Bach's B-Minor Mass, and will be singing as a festival soloist in the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. Melisa's 2018 summer engagements prove her versatility as a singer including Anita in Bernstein's West Side Story with the Brott Music Festival in Ontario, a rock opera premiere; The Bradbury Tattoos with Concert: Nova, her first Russian role as Marta in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta with Queen City Opera, and the International Voice Masterclass Ebe Stignani program in Imola, Bologna, Italy.
Recent performances include Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor with Virginia Opera, Die Knusperhexe in Hansel und Gretel with Union Avenue Opera, Mercedes in Carmen with Nashville Opera & Opera Columbus, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Queen City Opera. Opera premieres include Tyler in Three Way in a collaboration with Nashville Opera and American Opera Projects, in Nashville and then at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, including the original cast album. Lilith in Dracula; Bloodlines with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Clare in A Woman in Morocco with Kentucky Opera, and Emelda in Champion (workshop) in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera.
Other roles include Carmen cover with Nashville Opera, Delilah cover with Virginia Opera, Wowkle in Fanciulla del West with Virginia Opera and Kentucky Opera, Abuela in La Vida Breve with Cincinnati Chamber Opera, Maria Maddalena in Galileo Galilei with Des Moines Metro Opera, Emilia in Otello with Dayton Opera, Flora in La Traviata with Kentucky Opera & Shippensburg Festival, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Kentucky Opera concert tour, Isabela in La Hija de Rappaccini with Des Moines Metro Opera, Federico Garcia Lorca in Ainadamar with the Lexington Philharmonic, and Maddalena in Rigoletto with the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
Concert performances include Das Knabe Wunderhorn, selections with the Richmond Symphony, Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Messiah with the Dayton Philharmonic, El Amor Brujo with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, Naxos recording of a wind symphony arrangement of Granados Tonadillas, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 & Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Queens College Orchestra.
Ms.Bonetti completed her Master’s at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor's at Queens College's Aaron Copland School of Music in New York. She also attended the inaugural I Sing Beijing program now known as SING!, as well as the Wolf Trap studio artist program.