MELISSA MINO is a versatile and engaging performer seen and heard in opera, oratorio, operetta, and in concert. She recently made her Washington National Opera debut singing the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Her concert engagements have included Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center, the Brahms’ Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria at the National Cathedral, Haydn’s Creation with the Sylvan Chorale, and a return to the Kennedy Center to perform Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise as an opening act for Lea Salonga, Darren Criss and others for Phillippines Typhoon relief. A proponent of new American opera, she sang the role of Sylvia in A Game of Hearts at OPERA America, the title role in Maurice Wright's Galatea Reset in Philadelphia, and performed in Lost Childhood at Strathmore with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2014, Melissa covered the role of Rosalba in Washington National Opera's production of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas.
A frequent performer of Gilbert and Sullivan, Melissa has been heard as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Yum Yum in The Mikado, and Casilda in The Gondoliers, all with Baltimore’s Young Victorian Theatre Company. Other opera roles include Mozart’s Despina, Zerlina, Pamina, the Vixen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Monica in Menotti’s The Medium. She continued her training as an apprentice artist at Sarasota Opera and at the CoOPERAtive Program. Melissa was recently awarded the John Douglas Memorial Award at Temple University for alumni achievement in opera, and was a national finalist and overall 3rd prize winner in the Classical Singer competition.
Increasingly in demand for recitals and concert work, Melissa has been a soloist with the McLean Orchestra, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony and Central Maryland Chorale. She is a repeat guest artist at numerous embassies in DC for events such as Italian National Day and the Maserati 100th anniversary. She also worked with Elan artists as the featured soprano for the opening of Hermès Paris in DC at City Center. She resides in Arlington, VA with her husband Colin and baby girl Hadley. She also maintains an active private studio. She received her M.M. degree from Temple University and her B.M. degree with a concentration in music education and French, summa cum laude, from Bucknell University.