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Melissa Schiel

Canadian Mezzo-soprano Melissa Schiel has established herself as a concert soloist, stage performer and recitalist. Past chamber and orchestral highlights include Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’éte, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, De Falla’s El Amor Brujo, Berio’s Folk Songs, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Mahler’s Symphony No.2, and Verdi’s Requiem. Recent performances this past season include Lord Nelson Mass with Yakima Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. She has enjoyed collaborating and performing in the Northwest with Rainer Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Seattle. Outside the Pacific Northwest, on the operatic stage, she has sung popular mezzo roles such as 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). In 2007, she premiered the role of Estelle Oglethorpe in Later the Same Evening: an opera by American composer John Musto. This opera was inspired by art work of American painter Edward Hopper which was presented in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, Schiel is currently associate professor of voice at Central Washington University and resides in Ellensburg, WA with her husband and son.