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Mélissa Petit was born in Saint-Raphaël and studied piano and voice at the School of music in her home city. In 2009, she entered the Université Sofia Antipolis in Nice and won 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 and 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 took third prize. She also appeared on the TV programme “Stars of Tomorrow” presented by Rolando Villazon and rebroadcast 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 made guest appearances in Hamburg in Dialogues des carmélites (Sister Constance), Die Tote Stadt (Juliette), Le Nozze di (Barbarina), Die Zauberflöte (Papagena), Ariadne auf Naxos (Najade), La Cenerentola (Clorinda), and Johann Mattheson’s The Misfortune of Cleopatra (title role). In 2015, she made her Paris Opera debut as Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore. From 2015 to 2017, she was a member of the troupe of the Zurich Opera during which time she performed the roles of the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Sophie (Werther), and Créuse (Charpentier’s Médée). In 2017, she was invited to perform at the Bregenz Festival (Micaela in Carmen). That same year she tackled the role of Marzelline (Fidelio) in Zurich. She then went on to sing the roles of Juliette (Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette) at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf; Johanna (Sweeney Todd) and Aricie (Hippolyte et Aricie) in Zurich. She also made role debuts as Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Bregenz Festival in 2019 and as Eurydice (Orphée et Eurydice) at the Opera Royal de Wallonie.
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