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Melissa Attebury (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: Derby, Kansas, USA

The American mezzo-soprano, Melissa Attebury, studied at Wichita State University.

Praised by the New York Times as a “rich-toned alto who brought a measure of depth to her performance”, Melissa Attebury appears regularly as soloist in concert and oratorio. She is in particular demand for her skill in music of the Baroque – recent appearances include George Frideric Handel's Messiah, J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and St. John Passion (BWV 245), and as a regular soloist in the Bach at One series of complete cantatas with Julian Wachner and the Trinity Wall Street Choir. She played the role of the Witch in Trinity’s staged production of G.F. Handel's Saul. Other recent performances include Sergei Rachmaninov's Vespers and Rosalia (Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story Concert Suites) with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah at the Berkshire Choral Festival, G.F. Handel's Israel in Egypt with The Washington Chorus, L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Trinity Wall Street, and Messiah at Carnegie Hall with the New Jersey Masterworks Chorus.

Operatic rôles include Carmen, Dorabella in W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Lelia in Iolanthe, Blanche in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, Cherubino in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Phoebe in Yeomen of the Guard, Lisa in The Grand Duke, Melissa in Princess Ida, Pitti-Sing in Mikado, Kate in Pirates of Penzance, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Giovanna in Rigoletto and Nellie in South Pacific. A specialist in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, she has performed with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players since 2003, and has been hailed as “appealing both vocally and comedically” (Kansas City Star) for her work in this genre. Critics have called her mezzo-soprano voice “lustrous, sumptuous” (Theater Scene); her rendition of the role of Lisa in The Grand Duke was “exquisitely sung, garnering one of the biggest hands of the evening” (Forbes).

Melissa Attebury is a featured soloist on the Grammy-nominated Israel in Egypt with the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick’s Missa Gentis Humanae for 8 voices, Julian Wachner’s Symphony No. 1, and a new release of the choral works of Trevor Weston. A skilled ensemble musician, she appears on Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning work Anthracite Fields, recorded with Bang on a Can All-Stars as well as Trinity’s J.S. Bach's Motets.

Melissa Atterbury is the Associate Director of Music at Trinity Wall Street since March 2006 and on the faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival. She manages Trinity’s music outreach program in the public schools, serving over 250 school age children. Also at Trinity, she created and directs the chorister program; her choristers make their recorded debut on "The Snow Lay on the Ground", carol settings of Julian Wachner, and on the Trevor Weston works. She has conducted performances of the choristers with Josh Grobin, in the film Love is Strange, and many events at Trinity Wall Street. She currently lives ion New York City.

Source: Melissa Attebury Website and Facebook/LinkedIn profiles
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Julian Wachner


[BO-44] (2015, Video): BWV 20
[BO-54] (2016, Video): BWV 146
[BO-57] (2016, Video): BWV 108
[BO-63] (2016, Video): BWV 102

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Mezzo-Soprano | Melissa Attebury | New York City (Official Website)
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