Hailed a “standout” by the New York Post, “easily switch- hitting from high coloratura to Broadway belt.” and praised by Opera News Magazine for her “comic perfection”, striking young mezzo-soprano Melanie Long is steadily achieving international recognition for her vocal prowess and powerful stage command. A former Opera Works artist at English National Opera, Melanie maintains a steady European presence, performing regularly in the UK.
This 2015-2016 season Melanie will perform the role of Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at the Oslo Opera House for the LidalNorth Workshop in Norway, as well as Musetta with British Magnetic Opera’s Production of La Boheme at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. She recently rounded out the 2014-2015 season in the title role of Maria Stuarda at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, opening last autumn as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with NY Opera Exchange. Past seasons include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with Welsh company Opera’r Ddraig as well as Rosina in The Barber of Seville at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
2011-2012 marked Melanie’s UK debut when she performed Mercédès in Carmen with Impact Opera’s notable touring production. Her performance was praised, “The supporting cast should not go unmentioned; incredibly talented, at times they almost steal the attention away from Carmen and Don José's romance, particularly Melanie Long, whose mezzo-soprano voice goes beyond expectation and already sky-high standards.”
In 2010 Melanie gained mass critical acclaim under the direction of A. Scott Parry as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. There she originated three satirical roles in a work named The Pig, the Farmer and the Artist by Grammy nominated composer David Chesky. She began work on the piece in 2009 with a brief run and world premier in New York City.
Melanie made her professional debut in 2006 as Papagena in The Magic Flute with Des Moines Metro Opera, where she would return in 2008 as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera and 2009 as Ännchen in Der Freischütz. She also debuted as Papagena with New Jersey Opera in 2007.
Melanie holds a Masters degree in classical voice from the Manhattan School of Music, and completed her undergraduate studies under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Larsen at Simpson College in her native state of Iowa. She resides in New York City and is a student of Patricia McCaffrey.