MELISSA SONDHI, Soprano
6/12/22, 6/19/22, 6/26/22
The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein
September 2022, Specific Dates TBA
Barbarina, Susanna (cover)
Le nozze di Figaro
Opera San José
About the Artist
In the 2021-2022 season, Indian-American soprano Melissa Sondhi will sing the role of Iza in The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein with Pocket Opera, and also made her principle role debut with Opera San José singing First Witch in Dido and Aeneas. In the 2020-2021 season, she sang the role of Angelina in Lyric Theatre of San José's production of Trial by Jury. In the 2019-2020 season, she covered the roles of Ida in Opera San José's productions of Die Fledermaus and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel. She looks forward to returning to Opera San José in September of 2022 to sing the role of Barbarina and cover the role of Susanna in their production of Le nozze di Figaro. She also performed the roles of Le feu and Le rossignol in L’enfant et les sortilèges with Air Opera Collective in the 2019-2020 season, and in the 2018-2019 season, she was seen as Giannetta in The Elixir of Love with Pocket Opera, Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, and Fiametta in The Gondoliers with Lamplighters Music Theatre.
In 2021, she was a semifinalist in the Orpheus Vocal Competition, and in 2017, she was a finalist at the East Bay Opera League’s Young Artists Scholarship Awards Competition. In both 2014 and 2016, she was an Apprentice Artist with the Miami Music Festival where she was seen as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and La princesse in L’enfant et les sortilèges. In 2013, she was a participant in the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy, where she received bel canto training from the esteemed Jane Klaviter.
Other role engagements have included the title role of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Parasha in Mavra, Maria Bertram in the West Coast premiere of Mansfield Park, and Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking. Melissa holds a BM from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (2015), and an MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2017). She is a student of Jane Randolph.