Melanie Russell
Soprano
A proud Louisiana native, adopted New Yorker, and dedicated sports fan, soprano Melanie Russell has been noted for “steely sparkle and almost impossibly fast, clean runs” (The Wall Street Journal), and “a really nice voice” (anonymous 5th grader). In her choral career she has performed and recorded with such renowned ensembles as the Grammy-nominated choirs of Trinity Wall Street and Clarion, Grammy-winning Conspirare, Seraphic Fire, Meridionalis, and The Rolling Stones. She enjoys solo engagements in a wide variety of genres, from early music to cabaret.

Her diverse musical interests have taken her from her hometown of New Orleans (Die Fledermaus, The Buddy Holly Story, Mozart’s Requiem) to New York (Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, Fauré’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall) and all over the world with Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach.

Some of her favorite collaborations of the last several years include touring England and the US with The English Concert (Handel’s Semele), Riceboy Sleeps with Jonsí and Alex, a recital with trumpeter Brian Shaw at Louisiana State University, live performances and recording of Du Yun’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Angel’s Bone, Webern’s virtuosic Opus 18 for soprano, clarinet, and guitar as part of Trinity Wall Street’s Webern Festival, and an evening of Monteverdi with the acclaimed early music ensemble TENET.

Ms. Russell is an alumna of Centenary College of Louisiana, Loyola University New Orleans, and Yale School of Music/ Institute of Sacred Music. She currently resides in the New Orleans area.