Soprano Melody Moore is currently between shows at Washington National Opera, singing Freia in Das Rheingold and Ortlinde in Die Walküre until May 18th. After that, she hits the recital stage in Chicago with pianist Shannon McGinnis (May 20) and at New York’s Carnegie Hall with Robert Mollicone (May 25). Moore took the time to talk about some of the enviable roles she’s had the chance to perform, what’s left on her singing bucket list, and her “incredibly strong connection” with Puccini’s Tosca.
“American Soprano Melody Moore worked wonders with her character of Freia (Sister to Fricka). Ms. Moore’s stunning Soprano was employed to its utmost effect as he expressed her peril at being used as ransom (for her brother-in-law’s building of his own elaborate home, deemed as “Valhalla”). Ms. Moore also employed a sublime sense of humor when being returned by her captors and, consequently, almost being buried alive with mounds of gold!”
David Friscic – DC Metro Theater Arts
“Melody Moore sang warmly as Freia . . .”
Tim Smith – Opera News
“Melody Moore rounds out the clan, settling into a warm, womanly sound for Freia. Moore has a unique assignment in this production—Freia returns from her time in Riesenheim having fallen for captor Fasolt, and must genuinely mourn his murder by Fawner … the rich-girl-gone-bad trope works in the context of the production and Moore played it effectively …”
Alex Baker – Parterre.com
This season, Melody Moore sings two roles in upcoming performances from Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Washington National Opera, in productions directed by Francesca Zambello, with conductor Philippe Augin leading from the pit. Ms. Moore is Freia in Das Rheingold (April 30 and May 10 & 17) with a cast that includes Alan Held as Wotan, Gordon Hawkins as Alberich, William Burden as Loge, and Elizabeth Bishop as Fricka. Melody also sings the role of Ortlinde in Die Walküre (May 2, 11 & 18) with Christopher Ventris as Sigmund, Meagan Miller as Sieglinde, Alan Held as Wotan, and Catherine Foster and Nina Stemme alternating as Brünnhilde.
“. . . the score is often remarkably rich in melodic flight and orchestral texture. Two scenes, in particular, linger . . . in prayerful hope that the world can somehow be transformed. That finale registered with particular poignancy on November 18 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. As the characters formed a tight circle of solidarity, and Melody Moore’s silvery soprano soared with a kind of angelic grace to cap the exquisitely harmonized scene, the effect was downright profound.
All of the singers got deep into their dual roles . . . In addition to her sensitive work as Liuzzo, Moore provided vocal richness and emotional power as Julia Grant, wife of Ulysses.”
Tim Smith – Opera News
Melody Moore makes her highly anticipated debut with Seattle Opera next season, in the title role of Janáček’s heartrending Katya Kabanova. Ms. Moore is joined by a spectacular roster of colleagues for this Patrick Nolan-directed production, including Joseph Dennis as Boris, Victoria Livengood as Kabanicha, with Oliver von Dohnányi leading the Seattle Opera Orchestra.
On January 9 Melody Moore joins pianist and SubCulture composer-in-residence Gregg Kallor and Miranda Cuckson, an acclaimed violinist and champion of contemporary works, for a late night performance. The programme features Kallor’s art song settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, and Sara Teasdale, as well as Kallor’s work ‘Short Stories’ for violin and piano, and excerpts from ‘A Single Noon’ for solo piano. Tickets and more information are available at the following link.
Mr. Kallor has also written a piece for Ms. Moore’s Carnegie Hall recital debut on May 25th, with pianist Robert Mollicone in Weill Hall.