|her remarkable range and versatility, the Modesto Bee recently hailed M
American soprano Melissa Wolfmann is at home on the opera and concert
stage. Known for her remarkable range and versatility, the Modesto Bee
recently hailed Miss Wolfmann's portrayal of Amelia in Un Ballo in
Maschera as dramatically full of "pathos" and that her voice is "beautiful
and expressive" with well controlled pianissimos "worth the price of the
Opera and Sandman in Hansel & Gretel with Visalia Opera Company.
Upcoming singing engagements include Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro
with Visalia Opera Company.
Engagements for 2011-2012 included Frasquita in Carmen, Edith in
Pirates of Penzance, Signora Naccarelli in Light in the Piazza and
soloist in Fresno Grand Opera's Puccini & Pasta.
faculty concerts "Echoes from the Theatre," two solo recitals entitled
Opera Adventus and The Price of Love featuring arias and scenes of
opera's most famous opera heroines for the Fresno State Concert Series
as well as appearing as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto and Opera on
Van Ness with Fresno Grand Opera.
Pacific Repertory Opera, a Verdi Gala Concert, holiday concert at Hearst Castle and Clorinda in La
Cenerentola with Fresno Grand Opera, where Fresno Bee critic Donald Monroe described her comedic
stepsister antics as "flitt[ing] about with a nerdy aplomb."
2005-2006 season career highlights include Miss Wolfmann's critically acclaimed debut of the role Amelia
in Un Ballo in Maschera with Townsend Opera and a "testy" Nella in Gianni Schicchi and Sylvianne in
The Merry Widow with Fresno Grand Opera. Other performances this past season include soloist in
Fresno Grand Opera's Encore Concert, and Messiah highlights and Gala Concert soloist appearance with
Engagements for 2003 and 2004 included Frasquita in Carmen, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and
High Priestess in Aida with Fresno Grand Opera, Messiah highlights Tulare County Symphony, soprano
soloist in Mozart's Requiem and a Holiday Extravaganza concert with the Fresno Philharmonic, and as a
guest soloist at the Czech Embassy for Czech National Independence Day. As well as her new music-
modernistic chamber ensemble debut with San Franciscan based Nanos Operetta in 3 DROPS OF
BLOOD, a quarterly performance series, which SF Weekly hails, "Individually these artists are spellbinding,
together they will transform your notion of a night out."
Other engagements include Micaela in Carmen with California Opera, Frasquita in Carmen with Tulare
County Symphony, Inez in Il Trovatore, Flora in La Traviata with the Fresno Philharmonic and Fresno
Grand Opera, Ida in Die Fledermaus, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Countess Ceprano in
Rigoletto with Fresno Grand Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera festival di Roma, and Hodel in
Fiddler on the Roof. Miss Wolfmann has also been a featured live telecast artist for Public Valley
Television where she was acclaimed as giving a "moving performance" of Madama Butterfly's "Un bel di".
Miss Wolfmann is 2004 semi-finalist in the Vera Scammon International Vocal Competition, a guest
competitor at the Boris Christoff International Voice Competition and past award winner in the Fresno
Music Club and Mu Phi Epsilon vocal competition.
In addition to her performing, Melissa is a music instructor at Fresno City College, where she teaches voice
and directs their opera and musical theatre workshop and voice classes. Under her direction, the Fresno
City College Opera Workshop produces one to two fully staged operas and or musicals a year such as
Cosi fan tutte, Merry Wives of Windsor, Magic Flute, Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Mikado,
Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret and Smokey Joe's Cafe - to just name a few!
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|Melissa Wolfmann, Soprano