MELISSA MINO is a versatile and engaging performer seen and heard in opera, oratorio, operetta, and in concert. She made her Washington National Opera debut singing the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Her concert engagements have included Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center, the Brahms’ Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria at the National Cathedral, Haydn’s Creation with the Sylvan Chorale, and a return to the Kennedy Center to perform Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise as an opening act for Lea Salonga, Darren Criss and others for Phillippines Typhoon relief and covering Rosalba in Washington National Opera's production of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas. 2018-2019 season engagements included Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with York Symphony, a recital at Bucknell University, Franck’s rarely heard The Beatitudes with Bucks County Choral Society, and a G&S review with Young Victorian Theatre Company. Most recently she returned to Bucks County Choral Society for their Brahms Requiem. She looks forward to upcoming engagements with Maryland Lyric Opera next season.
A frequent performer of Gilbert and Sullivan, Melissa has been heard as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Yum Yum in The Mikado, and Casilda in The Gondoliers, all with Baltimore’s Young Victorian Theatre Company. Other opera roles include Mozart’s Despina, Zerlina, Pamina, the Vixen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Monica in Menotti’s The Medium. She continued her training as an apprentice artist at Sarasota Opera, the CoOPERAtive Program, and Maryland Lyric Opera’s Young Artist Institute. Melissa was awarded the John Douglas Memorial Award at Temple University for alumni achievement in opera, 3rd prize in the Classical Singer competition, and the Judges’ Special Award at the 2018 Partners for the Arts competition.
Increasingly in demand for recitals and concert work, Melissa has been a soloist with the Tysons McLean Orchestra, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony and Central Maryland Chorale. She is a repeat guest artist at numerous embassies in DC for events such as Italian National Day and the Maserati 100th anniversary. She also worked with Elan artists as the featured soprano for the opening of Hermès Paris in DC at City Center. Originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband and three daughters. She received her M.M. degree in vocal performance from Temple University and her B.M. degree with a concentration in music education and French, summa cum laude, from Bucknell University.