Melissa Jean Chávez, soprano
"Cooly exemplary production" - Washington Post
"Vocal Excellence" - DC Metro Arts
"Chill Inducing" - DC Theatre Scene
Melissa Jean Chávez has been acclaimed by the Washington Post for her “voluptuous voice” and “cooly exemplary production”. Recent highlights from the 2015 - 2016 season include acclaim for her portrayal of Fiordiligi in Nick Olcott's adaptation of Cosi fan tutte, and as Laurie in the In Series's production of The Tender Land."Soprano Melissa Chavez was a winning and sympathetic Florrie [Fiordiligi]. Teetering on the edge of sophistication, her Ohio-ness wins out when it matters and her struggles with her virtue come across as quite real."- Washington Post (2016)"Soprano Melissa Chávez captured [Laurie's] emotional volubility, her transparent tone and bell-like high notes powering the character’s hopeful first aria and the transports of her love." - Washington Post (2015)Other recent performances include Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) at the Trentino Music Festival with Music Academy International, the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur described as "an absolutely dazzling performance” DC Metro Arts (2015), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Carmela (La Vida Breve), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Libby Norton (Norton: A Civil War Opera) in the world premiere of the role: "Soprano Melissa Jean Chávez sparkles...as an actress, Chávez commands the stage, and she uses the tremendous range of her gorgeous soprano to full advantage" DC Metro Arts (2014), Beatrix (Les Bavards), Desdemona (Otello), Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) and the title roles in both Suor Angelica and Princess Ida.In addition to performing over thirty operatic roles, Ms. Chávez has sung for Supreme Court justices, the head of the International Monetary Fund, and performed as a soloist with the United State Army Chorus. She also appears regularly as a recitalist and soloist. Recent orchestral and recital engagements include Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mozart's Vorrei spiegarvi, O Dio, Faure's Requiem, and Vivaldi's Gloria. She also performs regularly with DC Opera on Tap, a performing group who entertains and educates through outreach in DC area bars and wineries. Ms. Chávez is a semi-finalist for the American Prize for opera, a regional finalist for the NATS Artist Awards, a two-time winner of the Bach-Handel Competition, has placed in numerous NATS competitions, and received multiple grants for performance and study including the Marion Park Lewis Foundation grant.Ms. Chávez completed her operatic training as a young artist at the Castleton Festival, under the direction of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel. Performances at the Castleton Festival include roles and covers in Romeo et Juliette, Our Town, A Little Night Music, Otello, and Britten's Les Illuminations.