Chavez, Melissa

Melissa Chavez



Melissa Jean Chávez has been acclaimed by the Washington Post for her “voluptuous voice” and “cooly exemplary production”. Recent and upcoming roles include Saluda (La Vida Breve), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Libby Norton (Norton: A Civil War Opera), Beatrix (Les Bavards), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Desdemona (Otello), Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) and the title roles in both Suor Angelica and Princess Ida. She has sung for Supreme Court justices, the head of the International Monetary Fund, and performed as a soloist with the United State Army Chorus. For the past three years, Ms. Chávez has been a young artist at the Castleton Festival, under the direction of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel. Performances at the Castleton Festival include roles and covers in A Little Night Music, Otello, and Britten's Les Illuminations. She also appears regularly as a recitalist, soloist, and with DC Opera on Tap, a performing group who entertains in DC area bars and wineries. Ms. Chávez is a two-time winner of the Bach-Handel Competition, has placed in numerous NATS competitions, and received multiple grants for performance and study including the Marion Park Lewis Foundation grant.