Heath, Melissa
Title:
Voice Area Coordinator
Office:
FA 305
Last Updated: 6/22/18 -

Soprano Melissa Heath enjoys a varied career of opera, concert and recital work. Hailed as a “soaring, sparkling soprano” with “vivacious stage presence”, past roles include Amy in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Cunegonde in Bernstein’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 Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi and in the Fauré and Rutter Requiems. Ms. Heath has been a state finalist and district winner in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. In 2012 and 2014, she was a regional finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s biennial art song competition.

Recent opera roles include Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, both with the Concerts at the Presidio series and Utah Lyric Opera. Recent concert work includes Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and both Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in c minor with the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square, Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Haydn’s Creation with the Salt Lake Symphony, and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with Sinfonia Salt Lake. With Utah Symphony, Ms. Heath has performed both Nielsen’s Symphony no. 3 and Handel’s Messiah. Last fall she was the soprano soloist with Ballet West in choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s world premiere of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. This Spring Ms. Heath will have the pleasure of singing Schubert lieder on NOVA Chamber Music Series’ season finale concert. This summer she will perform a recital of 20th and 21st century music with composer and pianist Christian Asplund in Seattle as part of the Wayward Music Series, and in New York City at the Spectrum Gallery. In September she will again join Sinfonia Salt Lake for Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

Ms. Heath is an Assistant Professor of Music and Vocal Area Coordinator in the Department of Music at Utah Valley University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in voice from Brigham Young University, and her Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in voice from the University of Utah.