Melissa Kornacki, American
Mezzo-Soprano, is a native of the Washington DC area and has performed widely
across the United States and abroad. Ms. Kornacki made her international debut
in 2007 in the United Arab Emirates performing the role of Dinah in Trouble
in Tahiti at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. Since then she participated
in two world premieres; covering the role of Orfeo in a new adaptation by Five
Words in a Line entitled, Orfeo,Eurydice and The Serpent at the St.
Mark's Theater in New York City, and sang the role of Sage2/Dr. Greene in
composer Kyle Gullings’s opera, Oblivion. In addition to her opera
experience, she has been a soloist for several oratorios including Vivaldi's Gloria,
Handel's Messiah, Saint-Saën's Christmas Oratorio, Haydn's Lord
Nelson Mass, Beethoven's Mass in CMajor, Bach's Magnificat,
Duruflé's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, and Beethoven's Ninth
Symphony both at Avery Fischer Hall, New York and the Grand Auditorium in
Ocean Grove, New Jersey.
recently Ms. Kornacki participated in the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging
Artist Program with Opera New Jersey covering the role of Buttercup in H.M.S Pinafore, and sang the role of
Flora Bervoix in LaTraviata with Baltimore Concert Opera. She was also
a 2014 New Jersey State Opera competition finalist.
has collaborated with well-known artists James Harp, Michael Parker, Katerina Souvorova,
Faith Esham, Sharon Christman, Gabriel Gordon, and composers Randall Svane and
Thomas Beveridge. Some of her favorite opera roles include Maddalena (Rigoletto),
Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Azucena (IlTrovatore), Augusta (The Ballad of Baby
Doe), Charlotte (Werther), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Zita (Gianni Schicchi),
and the title roles in Giulio Cesare and Carmen.
Kornacki sings regularly with The Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Baltimore Concert
Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Washington Master Chorale, and will soon be
starting in the Washington National Opera chorus in 2015 in Der fliegende Holländer. She is
also excited to portray the infamous Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s, Bon Appétit! this May with Opera Delaware,
as well as Ms. Benson in Lakmé with
both Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera.
Lyric Opera Baltimore
November 7 & 9, 2014
On Sale July 18th at 10AM.For questions please contact the Box Office at
By Giacomo PucciniLibretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe
based on “Madame Butterfly” by David Belasco
Sung in Italian with English SurtitlesPuccini’s great tragedy of innocence
betrayed is set to some of the most beautiful music ever composed for the
stage. Butterfly, a trusting young geisha girl, is to be “married” to
Lieutenant Pinkerton, who is just looking for a good time prior to his return
to his American home – where he will marry a “real” American bride.
Pinkerton leaves, promising to return, but after three years, and having borne
his child, Butterfly still keeps lonely vigil for him. He does return,
but with his American bride, and Butterfly’s life is shattered as she is called
to give up her child, ultimately giving up her life as well.
The title role will be sung by world renowned soprano Tamura Asako, known all
over the world for her performances of Butterfly, with gifted American tenor
Chad Shelton as Pinkerton, and Baltimore favorite Timothy Mix as Sharpless.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Steven White in a
magnificent production designed by John Conklin and directed by James Harp.
Baltimore Concert Opera
November 21 & 23, 2014
in the Grand Ballroom of The
Engineers Club in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sung in Italian
with projected English titles.
A pre-performance lecture will be given half an hour
before each performance.
20th Annual Messiah Sing-Along!
Frederick Children's Chorus
December 23, 2014
Weinberg Center for the Arts!
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
May 8 & 16, 2015
Wine, Women and Food
(Starring me as Julia Child!!)
May 14 & 16, 2015
For tickets and info to both shows, click here!!