Così fan tutte
June 30; July 10, 13, 15, 2016
Soprano Melinda Whittington (Fiordiligi) is a former Resident Artist of the Academy of Vocal Arts, where she sang the roles of Marguerite in Faust and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. During her two summers at Wolf Trap Opera, she sang Marie Antoinette in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Micaëla in Carmen. In the 2015-2016 Season, she made debuts with Arizona Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Kentucky Opera as the Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro. She also joined the Charlotte Symphony for excerpts of Roméo et Juliette, was presented by Opera Birmingham in a solo recital, and appeared in a recital with the nearby Heifetz Institute. Next season, Whittington will return to Arizona Opera for her debut in the title role of Rusalka, will reprise the role of Micaëla with Greensboro Opera, and will cover Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her other previous performances include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Green Mountain Opera Festival), Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Opera Carolina), Violetta in La traviata, and the title role in Alcina (Brevard Music Center). She is the 2015 first-place winner of the Opera Birmingham competition, 2016 third-place winner of the Fort Worth Opera McCammon competition, a 2013 semi-finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, winner of the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition, and an encouragement award winner in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. She is a former participant in the prestigious Merola Opera Program in association with San Francisco Opera. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is now based in Charlotte, NC.