Mezzo-soprano Melissa Peiou
Canadian Mezzo-soprano Melissa Peiou is developing an enviable reputation as a creative and imaginative young artist noted for her agile voice and the detailed embodiment of her characters. This past January 2018, Ms. Peiou was the winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition in the Buffalo/Toronto District Region, and was a Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her 2017 performance of Annina in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier with Opera by Request Toronto, Musical Toronto states: the “Baron Ochs…was well partnered by mezzo Melissa Peiou as a saucy and lively Annina” (2017). Also, in 2017, Ms. Peiou performed the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Toronto City Opera, and Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera York. In the 2016 season, Ms. Peiou performed in Haydn’s Lord Neilson Mass in D minor (Missa in Angustiis) with The Festival Chorus of Calgary. During the 2015/ 2016 season, Ms. Peiou joined the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development Program where she sang Third Spirit in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute school tours and several roles in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges in the Christmas at the Opera concert. Other roles performed include: a “lively and flirtatious” Nancy in Flotow’s Martha (National Capital Opera Society 2013), Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte; Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring, Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina; Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare; Gianetta in Donzietti’s L’Elisir d’amore.