Melanie Saunders

CONTRALTO

Raised and based in London, Melanie read Philosophy and English at Sussex University and voice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She currently learns with Ann de Renais. An alumni of  ENO/Metropolitan Opera production of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, and the ENO/Chandos recording of Verdi's Macbeth. Roles include Filipyevna, Hermia, Mercédès, Emilia, Dorabella, Annio, Ino, Megabise Artaserse, Mrs Nolan The Medium, Dido and Sorceress, Second Lady and Second Spirit The Magic Flute, Mother Goose, Mère Marie, Drummer Girl The Emperor of Atlantis, Nirenus Giulio Cesare, Mrs Ham Noye's Fludde, Second Wild Goose Paul Bunyan and Older Sister Pig. Melanie received great acclaim for her portrayal of Lucy in the 2014 world premiere of The Blank Canvas with OperaUpClose at The King’s Head theatre, London. A member of London Voices, Melanie was a soloist in the world premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht with Birmingham Opera Company for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Other projects include Peter Grimes in London, Shanghai and Beijing in 2013; the UK premier of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels; semi-chorus in Per Nørgård’s 3rd Symphony at the 2018 BBC Proms; 1st Alto in Mark Simpson's The Immortal at the 2017 Proms; mezzo soloist in Steve Reich's Tehillim in Strasbourg with Les Siècles in 2016; and Fidelio in 2017 and The Rake’s Progress in 2018 with the LPO under Vladimir Jurowski. She has sung on countless film, video game and TV soundtracks with the group. Other solo performances include Haydn Theresienmesse, Salve Regina, Nelson Mass; Pergolesi Stabat Mater;  Zelenka Magnificat in D; Vivaldi Gloria; Mozart Requiem, Mass in B Minor; Ferrandini Il Pianto di Maria; Verdi Requiem; Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mass in C minor; Duruflé Requiem. Melanie is a regular member of Philharmonia Voices, with whom she has performed at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Windsor Castle, Temple Middle Hall, De Montford Hall, and Bath Abbey, and under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jacob Hrůša, Christoph von Dohnányi, Edward Gardner and John Wilson. She is a founder member of The Rupa Ensemble, created to perform the works of Suffolk-based composer Julian Marshall. 

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