“The title role, fittingly, is a tour de force, and it is impossible to imagine it better performed than it was by Melody Moore. Moore’s sound is dark and passionate . . . As an actress, Moore shifted seamlessly among the lonely, fragile woman, the public Régine (“in character” even as she is interviewed), and the diva ablaze with art’s sacred fire.”
Marion Lignana Rosenberg – The Classical Review
“As Mme. Saint Laurent, Melody Moore inhabited this character so well, her every thought was visible in her face and body. Her rich soprano became more and more beguiling as the opera progressed. When she made her final momentous decision, she was devastating.”
Joel Benjamin – TheaterScene.net
“ . . . Moore is a dynamic singer — delicate and powerful as needed.”
Joe Dziemianowicz – New York Daily News
“The role sits nicely in the lyrical middle of Melody Moore’s clear, penetrating voice.”
Zachary Woolfe – New York Times
Melody Moore will sing the role of Régine Saint Laurent in the U.S. premiere of Wainwright’s love letter to opera, Prima Donna, with New York City Opera. The cast features Kathryn Guthrie Demos as Marie, Randal Turner as Philippe, and Taylor Stayton as André Le Tourner, in a production directed by Tim Albery.
The Works & Process preview at the Guggenheim can be viewed here, and performances take place February 18-25 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Opens on February 18, 2012
New York City Opera, 2011 With Todd Wilander and Phillip Boykin
“Perhaps the opera’s most touching episode is the love duet for Rescorla and Greer [with] (the gloriously alert and bright-toned soprano Melody Moore).”
Joshua Kosman – SFGate
“Melody Moore was an eager Susan.”
Heidi Waleson – Wall Street Journal
“Melody Moore was equally inspired as Susan Rescorla, making this middle-aged romance both touching charming, and almost unbearably poignant in light of the abrupt tragic end that we know is coming.”
Lawrence A. Johnson – The Classical Review
“Melody Moore deployed a lithe, silvery soprano as Susan.”
Georgia Rowe – OPERA NEWS
Ms. Moore will debut the role of Susan Rescorla in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ opera Heart of a Soldier, commissioned by the San Francisco Opera. This new work is based on the novel of the same name by James B. Stewart, and tells the story of Rick Rescorla, a Vietnam veteran who died while leading the evacuation almost all of the Morgan Stanley employees when the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11.
Melody sings the role of Mr. Rescorla’s wife, and is joined by a world-class cast, including baritone Thomas Hampson as Rick, and tenor William Burden as Daniel J. Hill, Rick’s fellow soldier and best friend. Patrick Summers, San Francisco Opera’s Principal Guest Conductor and Music Director of the Houston Grand Opera, leads the San Francisco Opera in these performances, which are directed by Francesca Zambello.