Melanie Spector is a soprano from New York City completing her undergraduate degree at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Mark Oswald. Her love for opera began when she attended Wagner’s Ring Cycle in its entirety at the Metropolitan Opera at the age of six, and continued with her performing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for seven seasons. Her mother, Susan Spector, is Second Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Melanie enjoyed performing with her mother in those years, and continues to enjoy going to the Met regularly not only to see her perform, but also to hear some of the greatest singers in the world.
This summer, Melanie audits the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff as part of Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program. She is also attending the Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal (ICAV)/ Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (CVAI) in Montréal. In August, she sings the role of Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the National Opera Center in New York as part of Mark Oswald’s Summer Opera Experience. This past summer she performed in the chorus for Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance production of Carmen. She also performed Queen of the Night, First Spirit, and Second Spirit at the National Opera Center in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Between rehearsals for these two productions, she worked for a second year as an Editorial Intern at OPERA NEWS magazine.
Directed by Catherine Malfitano, she recently performed the role of Madame Goldentrill in scenes from Mozart’s The Impresario and Mrs. Fiorentino in Weill’s Street Scene in Manhattan School of Music’s Junior Opera Theater. Other scene credits include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. As a member of the MSM Symphonic Chorus, she sang under Kent Tritle in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Britten’s War Requiem. She also sang in the chorus for Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
In addition to singing, Melanie has been a regular panelist on the Toll Brothers Metropolitan Opera Quiz broadcast during Saturday matinées. She also has studied and continues to play piano and French horn. She resides in New Jersey with her parents and her two West Highland White Terriers: Tristan and Izzy.