Melody Moore makes her greatly anticipated Austin Opera debut this season, as Senta in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. In one of her signature roles, Ms. Moore stars alongside Wayne Tigges in the titular role. Eric Einhorn conducts the Austin Opera Chorus and the Austin Opera Orchestra. Performances take place November 12, 17, & 20 at The Long Center for the Performing Arts, and also feature Clay Hilley as Erik and Peter Volpe sings Daland.
Critics have heralded Ms. Moore’s unforgettable portrayals of Senta at Glimmerglass Opera and Hawaii Opera Theatre:
“As Senta, the daughter obsessed with the legend of the Dutchman and doomed to choose her own, dramatic death, soprano Melody Moore was pitch perfect. Vocally, she exhibited complete control over the vocal demands of the part. From her first on-stage appearance, she was engrossed in her character and is loaded with stage presence, stealing focus from every other performer on the stage. I had seen and enjoyed her tremendously in a pair of previous roles, both with New York City Opera. This was a defining part for her – big and challenging enough to showcase her all of her abundant singing and acting gifts. Brava to Ms Moore, whose performance must surely be one of the highlights of the 2013 festival season…” (Bachtrack)
“The performance of Melody Moore as Senta was as remarkable as McKinny’s Dutchman. Singing Senta’s ballad with vibrancy and passion, Moore displayed not only the vocal power needed for this iconic Wagnerian role, but physical strength and agility, when called upon to scamper up a laddered pole at various moments.
Moore was also an effective actor, able to be convincing as a woman fixated on caring for an emotionally wounded man whom she has long known about but only just met.” (Opera Warhorses)
“… Melody Moore (Senta) is Met-ready. The arias and duets are thrilling.” (Hitting the Stage)
“Moore dominated the stage, her large, clarion soprano soaring above full orchestra and chorus. Her dynamic control afforded a wide emotional range, and her tight vibrato and focused tone drove her obsession.” (Honolulu Pulse)
“Melody Moore is radiant as Senta, and has a lovely vulnerability.” (The Opera Tattler)