Alwyn Mellor

Alwyn Mellor Soprano

“Unquestionably in the very top flight of Wagnerians anywhere” (Opera), “Cette belle wagnérienne” (Forum Opéra) made her debut at Seattle Opera in 2013 as Brünnhilde Die Walküre alongside Greer Grimsley, Stephanie Blythe, Stuart Skelton and Daniel Sumegi in Stephen Wadsworth’s production conducted by Asher Fisch (“ Seldom has the Valkyrie’s famous calling card sounded so opulently secure: no vague swoops or screeches, just thrillingly accurate quality,” wrote The Seattle Times), followed by the same role in Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (“The high point of an impressive cast – a real triumph” wrote The Vancouver Sun). This performance was released on Avie CD in September 2014(“R are is the artist who brings to this marathon a sound of such roundness and luster, or a spirit so transparent, youthful and feminine,” wrote The Wall Street Journal.) She returned to Seattle in Summer 2014 for the Speight Celebration Concert, to mark the 30-year tenure and retirement of Speight Jenkins.

Alwyn Mellor began her career at Welsh National Opera, for whom she has most recently sung the title role in Tosca, Senta Der fliegende Holländer and Bronwen Jones Carbon 12. She sang three seasons at Santa Fe Opera, and her engagements elsewhere have included the title role in La Wally and Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana for Chelsea Opera Group,Minnie La Fanciulla del West, Chrysothemis Elektra, Brünnhilde Götterdämmerung and Sieglinde Die Walküre (“You’d be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth,” wrote The Telegraph) for Opera North, the title role in Tosca for Opéra Théâtre Limoges, Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos for Opera Ireland, Chrysothemis Elektra for the Canadian Opera Company, Brünnhilde Die Walküre – Siegfried for Longborough Festival Opera and at the Opéra national du Paris, Gerhilde Die Walküre for the Royal Opera, London, and Isolde Tristan und Isolde for Grange Park Opera and Washington National Opera. In concert, she has also sung Brünnhilde Götterdämmerung with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Brünnhilde Siegfried with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Engagements during 2014 / 2015 included Senta Der fliegende Holländer for the Florentine Opera Company and Opera North, Brünnhilde Der Ring an einem Abend for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Brünnhilde Siegfried at Symphony Hall, Boston, and Isolde Tristan und Isolde for the Opéra national de Bordeaux. She also sang Britten War Requiem at the Snape Maltings, the ‘Liebestod’ from Tristan und Isolde with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Three Choirs Festival and a concert performance of Act 2 of the same opera with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM.

Highlights of 2015 / 2016 include returns to Opera North as Sieglinde Die Walküre and Brünnhilde Götterdämmerung for the 2016 cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen and to Seattle Opera as Senta Der fliegende Holländer, as well as Wagner concerts with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

In concert, Alwyn Mellor has appeared with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the CBSO, the Hallé, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at venues such as the Cardiff, Edinburgh and Three Choirs Festivals, as well as internationally with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, the Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Conductors with whom she has worked include Martin André, Howard Arman, Philippe Augin, Mark Elder, Richard Farnes, Asher Fisch, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, Philippe Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Jan Latham-Koenig, Charles Mackerras, Marc Minkowski, Nicholas McGegan, Kent Nagano, Sakari Oramo, Antonio Pappano, Victor Pablo Pérez, Vasily Petrenko, Joseph Rescigno, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Gerard Schwarz, Jac van Steen, Mark Wigglesworth and Benjamin Zander.

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