“Amplifying the flute’s story during the wedding scene, soprano Melody Moore let fly with soaring, vibrant phrases that captured the full horror of the fratricide. She delivered one of the score’s final lamenting interjections soaring to a stratospheric pianissimo.”
On October 4, 5 and 6, Melody Moore makes her first appearance at the Houston Symphony for an intense evening of music by Mendelssohn and Mahler. She sings the soprano solo in Mahler’s staggering first masterpiece, Das klagende Lied, written when he was just 18—music that beckons us close to whisper ancient tales of gleaming castles, noble knights and magic flutes. The other soloists for the piece are Sasha Cooke, Toby Spence and Günter Haumer.
Then, in Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Goethe’s text ignites the fire of Mendelssohn’s imagination in a celebration of spring that sees Druids dance and bonfires burn. Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads the performances.
Melody Moore travels to Portugal to perform at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on June 28. She sings the title role in a concert version of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, opposite Stefano Secco as Pinkerton. Lester Lynch, Kevin Short, Elisabeth Kulman, Alexander Kaimbacher, Liesbeth Devos and Amitai Pati complete the cast, with Lawrence Foster on the podium.
Ms. Moore debuted the role of Cio-Cio San at Opéra de Montréal in 2015 and received great critical acclaim, such as what The Barre Montpelier Times Argus wrote:
Moore soon had us believing she was Butterfly, with her big controlled sound used sensitively, lyrically and powerfully. She had no trouble breaking our hearts.
Album cover photo by Jiyang Chen
With her first solo album, Melody Moore continues her PENTATONE discography that already features recordings of leading roles in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack (2012) and The Little Match Girl (2015), as well as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello (2017).
An American Song Album is a fine collection of songs by American composers, presented by soprano Melody Moore. The repertoire includes Samuel Barber’s introspective Hermit Songs, Jake Heggie’s engaged cycles These Strangers and How Well I Knew the Light, Carlisle Floyd’s exploration of motherhood in The Mystery, Copland’s impressionist and oriental Four Early Songs, as well as a varied selection from Gordon Getty’s vocal works. Set to Irish, Welsh, Chilean, German, Arabic and Afro-American poetry, these pieces constitute a panorama of the US as a melting pot of cultures, while simultaneously being bound together by an unmistakably American sound. Melody Moore manages to lift out the poetry of these works with her warm, lyrical voice and impeccable vocal technique. She is accompanied on the piano by Bradley Moore, one of the most eminent conductors and song accompanists of today’s American musical scene.
On June 21, Melody Moore travels to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, to star as the heroine in Puccini’s Western opera, La Fanciulla del West. This performace takes place at the Colegiul Academic and is being recorded for a future album release.
Lawrence Foster leads the Male Chorus and Orchestra of the “Transylvania” State Philharmonic, with Melody Moore as Minnie, Lester Lynch as Jack Rance and Marius Budoiu as Dick Johnson.