Melissa Davis, soprano
Melissa Davis is the creator and Artistic Director of Nightingale Opera Theatre. Since the inception of the company in 2012 she has been working to create performance opportunities for local musicians and to provide artistic and accessible opera to Northeast Ohio audiences. She has produced several operas including: Street Scene (Kurt Weill), Werther (Massenet), The Scarf (Hoiby), Orpheus and Euridice (Gordon), Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Elixir of Love (Donizetti), Little Women (Adamo), and The Consul (Menotti). She has created and produced several Young Artist programs as well as an opera program for young children called Little Nightingales.
As a frequent performer of operatic, concert and musical theater repertoire, Ms. Davis has performed with numerous regional companies. She has also performed internationally as a member of the Opera Studio at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, and as a Young Artist at the Asian International Opera Festival, in Taipei, Taiwan. Notable roles include: Amy (Little Women), Pamina (Magic Flute), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Hermia (The Fairy Queen), Katherine McGowan (Titanic), Jenny (Company), Nellie Forbush (South Pacific), Sophie (Werther), Abigail (The Crucible), Lucy (The Telephone), Rapunzel (Into the Woods), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Anna Held (Tintypes), and Josephine (HMS Pinafore).
Her devotion to American art song has led to a great deal of research of 20thand 21stcentury American composers. She has recently performed major song works of Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Ned Rorem, William Bolcom, André Previn, and Jake Heggie. She recently premiered Sebastian Birch’s Three Songs from “Orpheus & Echo,” which were dedicated to her.
Ms. Davis received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Kent State University. She received a second Master's degree in Vocal Pedagogy along with a Singing Health Specialization Certificate from The Ohio State University. Specific areas of research include Vocal Health, Voice Disorders and Performance Anxiety. She has taught voice at both Ohio State University and Kent State University. She currently serves on the voice faculty at Kent State University where she enjoys teaching classes in Vocal Pedagogy, Song Literature and Diction, while maintaining a large voice studio.
In June she will join her husband and children to move to Melbourne, Australia where her husband will begin a professorship. She will maintain her position as Artistic Director of Nightingale Opera Theatre from down under.