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.