“This recording is a calling card for a genuinely exciting and electric voice, solidly gleaming, with the high range of a soprano but fleshed out with dark, mezzo-ish colours and with its voluptuous richness focused into singing of striking directness and clarity.”
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.
Nicolas Cage’s action thriller, ‘A Score To Settle’, opens with Melody Moore singing “Vissi d’arte”, from Puccini’s Tosca. The film will hit theaters day-and-date with digital on August 2.
Directed by Beautiful Boy‘s Shawn Ku from a script from Get Shorty‘s John Newman, the plot centers on a former mob enforcer (Cage) who is released from prison after serving 22 years for a crime he didn’t commit. He sets out on a path for revenge against the people who wronged him. Benjamin Bratt and Noah Le Gros co-star.
“Almost as soon as Donna Elvira, a woman from Giovanni’s past, came face-to-face with him, her inner conflict burst forth: soprano Melody Moore’s Elvira slapped him, loudly, then immediately planted a kiss on his lips. Moore’s hefty tones complemented Perez’s brighter ones. But when Moore wasn’t putting a wallop into Elvira’s outcries, she gave her introspections a hushed intensity–especially in the anguished recitative that led into her aria Mi tradì.”
“Melody Moore cuts an imposing figure as Donna Elvira, the Don’s abandoned lover, and she navigates the character’s swirling emotions with convincing ardor.”