Cristina Melis

Mezzo Soprano
Cristina Melis

Graduated in singing at conservatoire in Parma, specializing then in Rome with Adriana Giunta, Virginia Zeani, Giusy Devinu, Giorgio Zancanaro, Michele Pertusi, Bernadette Manca di Nissa and Franco Federici. She then graduated at the “A. Toscanini”Accademy (Busseto - PR). She won the International Lyric Contest “Giacomo Lauri Volpi” and the International Contest “Giuseppe Verdi” in Parma after her debut as Azucena in Il Trovatore in Parma. At the beginning of her career she sang Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Nazionale in Rome; Sara in Roberto Devereux at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, conducted by Bruno Campanella; Achille in Cherubini’s Ifigenia in Aulide in Sassuolo; Madelon in Andrea Chénier at the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse; Dorotea in Pedrotti’s Tutti in maschera in Savona, Piacenza and Rovigo; Die Dame in Die Zauberflöte at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Active also on the concert side she starred in 9th Symphony  at the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome; Verdi’s Requiem in Egypt and in Saint Petersburg; Petite Messe Solennelle with the Toscanini Orchestra in Bologna; Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestra of the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona; La Morte di San Giuseppe by Pergolesi in Budapest, and Verdi’s Requiem in Cagliari conducted by Guidarini and Verdi’s Requiem at the Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa, with Aldo Ceccato.

She has appeared most recently as Azucena at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli; Verdi's Requiem at Auditorio de Palma de Mallorca with Orquesta de Baleares conducted by Pablo Mielgo;  Rossini's Stabat Mater at Basilicia di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna by M. Olmi; Messa di Requiem by Donizetti at the Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli di Roma under the baton of M. Gelmetti; as Amneris in Aida at Teatro Comunale Maria Caniglia in Sulmona; as Carmen in Carmen at the Teatro Magnani in Fidenza; as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at San Carlo Opera Festival in Naples conducted by P. Steinberg.

In 2016 and 2017, she has also had the opportunity to debut the following roles: Azucena at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari with G. Bisanti; Fricka in Das Rheingold at Theater Kiel with R.Calderon; Carmen at Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by F.Chaslin; Olga in Evgenij Onegin and as Adriano in Wagner's Rienzi's at Theater Kiel; at the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Luisa Miller as Federica, with M.Zanetti; at the Comunale di Bologna as Filipyevna in Evgenij Onegin; Fenena in Nabucco at the Summer Festival in Kiel conducted by F.Cilluffo; and Mercedes in Carmen directed by Zeffirelli at the Arena di Verona.

Her operatic stage repertoire also includes Maddalena / Rigoletto, Cieca / Gioconda, Cenerentola / Cenerentola, Bergere - Un Patre - La Chatte – L’ecureuil / L’enfant et les sortileges, Azucena / Il Trovatore, Amneris / Aida, Sara / Roberto Devereux, etc..

Melis has an extensive array of oratorio and she has sung Pietro in Paisiello's La passione di Gesù Cristo at the Duomo in Milan; Verdi's Requiem at the the Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli di Roma and at the Basilica di Taranto, conducted by M. Gelmetti; Messa KV317 by Mozart with the Comunale di Bologna orchestra conducted by R. Abbado; Bruckner's Te Deum with Comunale di Bologna and M° Zagrosek; Isacco in Cimarosa's Sagrifizio d'Abramo at the Duomo in Milan, conducted by A. D'Agostini; Verdi's Requiem at Teatro Comunale di Cagliari with M. Guidarini; Scarlatti's Stabat mater and Salve Regina and Vivaldi's Cur Sagittas at the Duomo in Pisa; Mass in C by Beethoven at the Duomo in Pisa, among others.

Date Last Edited: 23/10/2017
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