Melissa Kornacki, American Mezzo-Soprano, is a “remarkably
talented,” (DC Theater Scene) in demand artist performing widely across the
United States and abroad.
Currently she is in the midst of performing with the
Washington National Opera Chorus in DC’s historic production of Wagner’s Ring
She was most recently seen as the Alto Soloist in Rossini’s Petite MesseSolennelle with the New Dominion Chorale.
Other 2015-2016 season highlights include a number of comedic
roles starting with Ms. Benson in Delibes’s Lakmé
first with Baltimore Concert Opera, and then later, Opera Delaware. Next
Melissa took on the role of the infamous Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit with Opera Delaware. Melissa
coached with professional pastry chef, Michele Mitchell of the Hotel Dupont in
Wilmington, Delaware and together with the vision of director, Bud Martin, the
stage was transformed into a live cooking show with real ingredients. Melissa
then went on to portray Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with Baltimore
Concert Opera where she got to act alongside legendary actor, John Astin.
Ms. Kornacki also performed her first Wagnerian role in Götterdämmerung
with Union Avenue Opera. She gained positive reviews stating, “Melissa Kornacki
makes her Waltraute fascinating nevertheless-beautifully sung with real depth
of character” (Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX.org) and that she “struck sparks in her
scene with her love-besotted sister” (St. Louis Post).
Her 2014-2015 season reflected her extensive chorus work as
she was seen performing with the choruses of The Lyric Opera of Baltimore,
Washington Concert Opera, Washington National Opera, and was Principal Alto for
the Washington Master Chorale where she was also a featured artist performing
the Alto Solo in Duruflé’s Requiem. Melissa
also appeared two more times with Baltimore Concert Opera as Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata, and earlier in 2013 as
Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen.
Ms. Kornacki made her international debut in 2007 in the
United Arab Emirates performing the roles of Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, and Anita in
Bernstein’s West Side Story. Since
then she has also shown a great interest in new works. She covered the role of
Orfeo in a new adaptation by Five Words in a Line entitled, Orfeo, Eurydice and The Serpent that was
performed at St. Mark’s Theater in New York. She then originated the dual role
of Dr.Greene/Sage 2 in Kyle Gullings’s Opera Oblivion at the Capital Fringe Festival in DC.
Melissa is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts –
Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was an Emerging Artist with Opera New
Jersey and an Outreach Apprentice with the Opera Theater of Northern Virginia.
She was a 2014 New Jersey State Opera finalist.
Washington National Opera
The Flying Dutchman
In this WNO revival, formidable bass-baritone and Grammy
winner Eric Owens makes his staged role debut in Wagner's retelling of the
nautical legend, about a captain condemned to wander the seas in search of
Mar. 7 -
Tickets are not yet on saleTickets go on sale November
19, 2014 at 10:00 AM to the public.
November 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM to Kennedy Center
Set in British-occupied India in the late 19th century, Lakmé is the story of a British soldier who falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the local Brahmin high priest. Despite her warnings that he should forget he ever saw her, they continue to pursue their love, resulting in tragedy to them both.
May 8 & 16, 2015
Wine, Women and Food
(Starring me as Julia Child in Lee Hoiby's Bon Appétit!!)
May 14 & 16, 2015
For tickets and info to both shows, click here!!
Union Avenue Opera
A suspenseful tale of courage and sacrifice, Wagner’s tale of gods, mortals and giants draws to a close in Götterdämmerung – Twilight of the Gods. The heroic Siegfried gifts Brünnhilde with the ring as a token of their love, but they are soon caught up in events beyond their control. Brünnhilde steps forward to return the universe to its natural order in the ultimate act of self-sacrifice. Watch as the Rhine overflows, Valhalla burns, and the kingdom of the gods is destroyed. Experience Wagner at his pinnacle including “Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort,” Brünnhilde’s immolation scene, and Siegfried’s powerful funeral march in this reduction and adaptation by English composer Jonathan Dove. His masterful cuts condense Götterdämmerung in length to under three hours. Götterdämmerung is the culmination of Union Avenue Opera’s Wagner Project, a four-year endeavor to present Wagner’s Ring cycle enhanced by video projections and expanding technical elements never before seen on the UAO stage.
Aug 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2015
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Recent Reviews posted on my Blog Page!!
New Dominion Chorale
(Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall)
Petite Messe Solennelle
Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
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Baltimore Concert Opera
(With Actor, John Astin)
November 20, 2015 7:30PM
November 22, 2015 3:00PM
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Washington National Opera
Washington National Opera: Ring
Cycle: Twilight of the Gods
Friday, May 06, 2016 - Sunday, May 22, 2016
The Ring reaches its supreme climax in this final saga of betrayal and sacrifice, destruction and renewal. Siegfried is tricked into abandoning Brünnhilde, who makes one final, shocking choice to restore the universe to its natural order.
The Advent Project