Canadian Mezzo-soprano Melissa Schiel has established herself as a preeminent stage performer, recitalist and pedagogue. She has been hailed as a “velvety mezzo-soprano, who displays bona fide acting smarts as well.” (Victoria Times Colonist). Originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, she currently resides in Washington State and is on the voice faculty at Central Washington University. She has performed with numerous orchestras in the Pacific Northwest including: Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Rainer Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Seattle. She has performed at Aspen Summer Music Center, Tanglewood Music Center, Boris Brott Festival, Northwest Mahler Festival and Mountain View International Festival of Song. Performance highlights include: Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’éte, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, De Falla’s El Amor Brujo, Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, Mahler’s Symphony No.2, and Verdi’s Requiem. In 2007, she premiered the role of Estelle Oglethorpe in Later the Same Evening: an opera by American composer John Musto. The opera was inspired by the art work of American painter Edward Hopper which was presented in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. On the stage, she has sung Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Olga (Eugene Onegin), The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Maddelena (Rigoletto), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), The Old Lady (Candide) and Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring). Recent performances include: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Rainier Symphony Orchestra and the alto soloist for Mahler Symphony No.2 with Yakima Symphony Orchestra. A frequent recitalist, Melissa also enjoys performing recitals with her husband, conductor/pianist, Nikolas Caoile.