|Title:||Adjunct Faculty - Voice|
Soprano Melissa Heath enjoys a varied career of opera, concert and recital work. Hailed as a â€śsoaring, sparkling sopranoâ€ť with â€śvivacious stage presenceâ€ť, past roles include Amy in Mark Adamoâ€™s Little Women, Cunegonde in Bernsteinâ€™s Candide, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Marianne in Tartuffe, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and First Lady in The Magic Flute. Ms. Heath has also frequented the concert stage as the soprano soloist in Orffâ€™s Carmina Burana, Mozartâ€™s Requiem, Brahmsâ€™ German Requiem, Handelâ€™s Messiah, Mendelssohnâ€™s Psalm 42, Howellsâ€™ Hymnus Paradisi and in the FaurĂ© and Rutter Requiems. Ms. Heath has been a state finalist and district winner in the Metropolitan Operaâ€™s National Council Auditions. In 2012 she was a regional finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singingâ€™s biennial art song competition. In 2010, Ms. Heath was the soprano soloist in Ballet Westâ€™s production of Carmina Burana, John Rutterâ€™s Mass of the Children with the Salt Lake Choral Artists and in Scarlattiâ€™s Christmas Cantata with the Salt Lake Symphony. In 2011, Ms. Heath sang the title role in Monteverdiâ€™s Lâ€™incoronazione di Poppea with the University of Utahâ€™s Lyric Opera Ensemble, and Gilda in Verdiâ€™s Rigoletto with La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy. She also performed Schubertâ€™s Shepherd on the Rock with clarinetist Robert Walzel and pianist Jeffrey Price as part of the Sundays@7 concert series at the University of Utah. 2012 performances include Carmina Burana with the Alpine Masterworks festival, Villa-Lobosâ€™ Bachianas Brasileiras with the University of Utahâ€™s Performing Dance Company, the title role in Carlisle Floydâ€™s Susannah with the University of Utahâ€™s Lyric Opera Ensemble, soprano soloist in Beethovenâ€™s Symphony no. 9 with the Lyceum Philharmonic and Sterling Singers, and a solo performance with the Orchestra at Temple Square. This year, Ms. Heathâ€™s performances have included Mendelssohnâ€™s Psalm no. 42 with the Alpine Masterworks festival, a solo performance with the Salt Lake Symphony, the role of Nanetta in Verdiâ€™s Falstaff with the University of Utahâ€™s Lyric Opera Ensemble, and her premiere performance with the Utah Symphony, under Maestro Thierry Fischer, in Nielsenâ€™s Symphony no. 3. Upcoming performances include MicaĂ«la in a concert version of Bizetâ€™s Carmen with Concerts at the Presidio in San Francisco, Mendelssohnâ€™s Elijah with the Utah Valley Symphony and Wasatch Chorale, and Vaughan Williamsâ€™ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra. Ms. Heath, whose singing has been described as â€śgorgeous, wonderfully expressive, lyrical and infused with feeling,â€ť received her Bachelorâ€™s degree in voice from Brigham Young University, where she studied with Drs Rebecca Wilberg and Lila Stuart-Bachelder. She holds a Masterâ€™s degree in voice from the University of Utah, where she studied with Dr. Robert Breault. She currently coaches with Jeffrey Price and Dr. Paul Dorgan and continues her vocal studies with Dr. Robert Breault.