Susan Mello is known for her warm expressive voice and dynamic stage presence.
In recent years she has dedicated herself
to researching and performing recitals of classical vocal music by composers from the Azores, Portugal and Brazil, reflecting her strong connection to her Portuguese heritage. Ms. Mello gave a solo recital at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where this well received program highlighted her versatile talent
in a series of operatic arias in conjunction with classical songs and arias from Portugal and Spain.
Ms. Mello has appeared with Glimmerglass Opera, Tulsa Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Opera San José, Whitewater Opera, Jarvis Zarzuela Festival and Sorg Opera.
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Operatic roles include Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Amore (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) under the baton of Jane Glover, Susanna and Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) conducted by Ward Holmquist, Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Mrs. Hayes (Susannah) directed by Carlisle Floyd, and Javotte (Manon). This versatile artist has excelled in her portrayals of Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Perichole (La ©2004 Susan MelloPerichole) and the leading ladies in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Gondoliers. She also sang the First Maid in Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed staged version of St. Matthew Passion.
On the concert stage, she performed the world premier Struwwelpeterlieder (three songs) by Lowell Liebermann in Weill Recital Hall in New York City. She was the soprano Soloist in Messiah with the Tulsa Philharmonic, John Rutter’s Requiem at the New York Warwick Music Festival, and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise at the Colden Center for Performing Arts.
Ms. Mello was awarded the prestigious Heritage Day of Portugal Medallion at the State House in Boston for her contribution as an artist to the Portuguese American community. She has also released a CD of Portuguese Classical Songs called Amar. A frequent recitalist, she sang a series of three recitals in the Açores, Portugal, including a performance for the President at the Palace of Sant’Ana.
Ms. Mello has also given recitals at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, the Chautauqua Institute, and in Cooperstown, NY as part of the Glimmerglass Opera Festival.
She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Hartt School of Music.