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Mélissa Petit

Season 20/21 Artist
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Born in Saint-Raphaël in 1990, Mélissa Petit studied piano and voice at the School of music in her home city. In 2009, she entered the Université Sofia Antipolis in Nice and began performing as a soloist with the Saint-Raphaël Chamber Orchestra. The same year, she was awarded second prize at the International Sacred Music Competition in Rome and first prize at the Concours de Béziers. From 2010 to 2013 she was a member of the Opera Studio of Hamburg, which enabled her to sing on numerous stages in Germany and Austria. In 2011, she was invited to the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music where she performed in Telemann’s Flavius Bertaridus, König der Langobarden. In 2012, she won first prize along with the special “Prix de l’Opéra de Bordeaux” at the “Musique au cœur du Médoc” International competition. She also represented the Hamburg Staatsoper at the Stella Maris Singing Competition on board the ocean liner MS Europa where her performance earned her an audition for Deutsche Grammophon and a contract for a series of concerts at Vienna’s Musikverein. In 2013, she was a participant at the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo where she won third prize. She also appeared on the TV programme “Stars of tomorrow” presented by Rolando Villazon and broadcast on Arte. In 2014, she sang the role of Edilia in Handel’s Almira, Queen of Castille at the Hamburg Staatsoper and the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. She also performed in Hamburg in Dialogues des carmélites (Sister Constance), Die Tote Stadt (Juliette), Le Nozze di Figaro (Barbarina), Die Zauberflöte (Papagena), Ariadne auf Naxos (Najade), La Cenerentola (Clorinda), and Die unglückselige Cleopatra by Johann Mattheson (title role). She also appeared at the Zurich Opera in Elektra (Vierte Magd) and Der Schauspieldirektor (Madame Silberklang). Since the beginning of the 2015 / 2016 season, she has been a member of the company of the Zurich Opera.

Projects: Philidel (King Arthur), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Zurich Opera.

Debut at the Paris Opera.

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