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Katharina Melnikova was born in Smorgon (Belarus) and initially studied the violin before focusing on singing. She attended voice classes at the Minsk Academy and the Academy of Music in Graz with Joanna Borowska-Isser. A scholarship enabled her to follow summer classes at the American Institute of Music in 2010 and 2013. She also attended the master-classes of Chantal Mathias, Gabriela Lechner, Michele Crider, Helen Risinger, Edoardo Müller, Marius Stieghorst and Gerrit Priessnitz. She gives numerous concerts in Austria and, in 2012, the tenor Michael Schade introduced her as a new “Young Talent” at the concert organised by the director of the Graz Musikverein, Michael Nemetz. In 2013, she sang the role of Despina in Così fan tutte at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. The following year, she sang the title role in Franz von Suppé’s Die Schöne Galathée at the Graz Musikverein, Fedora (Kalman’s Die Zirkusprinzessin) at the Coburg Festival and she was also an HSBC prize-winner at the Aix Festival Academy. During the 2015 / 2016 season, she played Adele (Die Fledermaus) and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) at the Baden Theatre in Austria. The following season, she was invited to the Teatro Verdi in Trieste (to sing the roles of Adele under the baton of Gianluigi Gelmetti, and the Queen of the Night with Pedro Halffter Caro conducting). In 2017, she performed in Freiburg for the first time in the role of the Fairy in Massenet’s Cendrillon.
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