Melissa Kornacki - Mezzo-Soprano/ Voice Over Actor
Melissa Kornacki, American Mezzo-Soprano, is a “remarkably talented,” (DC Theater Scene) in demand artist performing widely across the United States and abroad. 

She was most recently seen as the recipient of the Leopold Damrosch Award during the 2017 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Competition at Carnegie Hall. Other recent appearances include a performance of the Peter Lieberson Rilke Songs at the Arts Club of Washington, First Prize in the Lyra New York International Competition and a chorus role at the Washington National Opera Gala featuring world renown artist, Renée Fleming.    

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, 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
(Chorus Role)   

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 unconditional love.

Mar. 7 - 21, 2015 Opera House Approx. 2-1/2 hours $25.00 - $300.00

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 Members

Opera Delaware
(Ms. Benson)


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

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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 GodsThe 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
(Alto solo)

(Rachel  M. Schlesinger Hall)

Petite Messe Solennelle
Gioachino Rossini

Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

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Baltimore Concert Opera
(Prince Orlofsky)

(With Actor, John Astin)

Die Fledermaus
Johann Strauss

November 20, 2015 7:30PM
November 22, 2015 3:00PM

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Washington National Opera
(Chorus Role)   


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
(Chorus Role)   


Washington Master Chorale

Sunday, October 30 at 5 p.m.

Hail Gladdening Light: Choral Music From the British Isle

Church of the Epiphany
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Washington Concert Opera

Massenet's Hérodiade 

6:00 PM
Presented at Lisner Auditorium.

Lyra New York International Vocal Competition
(First Prize - Oratorio Division)   

December 12, 2016 7PM
National Opera Center
New York

First Prize! So exciting! Review posted on my blog page.

So honored to have sung with these amazing singers! Here am I pictured with Soprano, Veronica Bell and Countertenor, Andrew Egbuchiem


Pictured with Photographer, Philip Cregger.


Washington Concert Opera

Beethoven's Leonore 

6:00 PM
Presented at Lisner Auditorium.

Washington National Opera
(Chorus Role)   

Don Giovanni

 A semi-staged concert event starring the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists
Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:30 PMFor this season's showcase of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists, WNO presents a semi-staged concert performance of Mozart's timeless drama--with the WNO Orchestra conducted by Michael Christie and featuring direction by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.

2017 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio - Solo Competition
April 8, 2017

Oratorio Society of New York - Carnegie Hall
(Awarded the Leopold Damrosch Award)   


On stage with Linda Hunt

Washington Summer Sings
(Alto Soloist)   

June 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Mozart Requiem

Clarendon United Methodist Church
Arlington, VA

Frederick Keys Baseball
(National Anthem Singer)   

June 28, 2017 at 7 pm

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Keys National Anthem 6-28-2017

Washington National Opera

9/9/2017 - 9/23/2017


Washington Master Chorale
(Principal Alto)   

December 3, 2017 at 5 pm
December 21, 2017 at 7 pm

New Joy! Christmas with the Chorale

Church of the Epiphany
Washington, DC

New Dominion Chorale
(Alto Soloist)   

December 10, 2017 at 4 pm

Bach Christmas Oratorio

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
Alexandria, VA

Washington National Opera

3/3/2018 - 3/17/2018

Don Carlo

Washington National Opera

10/6/2018 - 10/21/2018
Kennedy Center Opera House

La Traviata

Musicale: Andrew Simpson and Friends
(Lori - Outcasts of Poker Flat)
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***Just Released***
New recording for the prologue of The Outcasts of Poker Flat! I sing the role of Lori.

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Washington Concert Opera

Lisner Auditorium 6PM


Messiah-Sing Along
(Alto soloist)

St. Luke's McLean, VA

Washington National Opera



Washington National Opera



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