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Melinda Heiter (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: 1980 - Hungary

The Hungarian mezzo-soprano, Melinda Heiter, had her first experience with classical music at the age of six, when she began to play the piano. After 12 years of piano studies and choir experience, she started to take vocal training lessons and decided to be a soloist. Besides her French and Portuguese Language and Literature studies at the University Eötvös Lóránd of Budapest, she studied singing with the professors Ilona Adorján, József Hormai and Katalin Szőke. In 2004 she passed in the Faculty of Solo singing - Teacher of the College of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary), where she graduated in 2008 with excellent qualifications, under the direction of Brigitta Kovács and the pianist József Balog. Since 2003 she works regularly with Julia Hamari, she attended her master-classes and private lessons in Budapest, Győr (Hungary) and Stuttgart (Germany). she also participated in the master-classes of György Vashegyi and of Walter Moore in 2005. In 2008 she attended a theatrical workshop of Jeanne Henny. In 2011 she took part in master-classes given by John Norris and by Francisco Araiza. Currently she is working with the Hungarian mezzo-soprano, Bernadett Wiedemann.

During the academic years, Melinda Heiter interpreted the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, and Tatiana in Eugene Onegin. She made her stage debut singing Donna Elvira during the 2007-2008 season at the Baroque Theater of the Royal Palace in Gödöllő, Hungary. The next season, in that same theater she was heard as Cherubino with the Savarian Baroque Orchestra (Capella Savaria), conducted by Pál Németh.

In 2009, Melinda Heiter appeared on the stage of two principle Hungarian theaters. In the Csokonai Theater of Debrecen she worked with Balázs Kocsár in the first Hungarian premier of Dvořakís Rusalka, in which she sang the first Wood-spirit. In the 2009-2010 season she played Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at the National Theater of Miskolc. This performance - directed by Ernö Weil and conducted by Arne Willimczik, Philippe de Chalendar and Katalin Váradi - came to fruition in association with the Theater Regensburg, Germany.

In the last few years Melinda Heiter have been appearing regularly on the stage of the famous concert scenes of Budapest. In 2011 she have become a soloist of the Orfeo Orchestra conducted by György Vashegyi. With this Orchestra she made her debut as Oenone in Rameauís Hippolyte et Aricie at the Palace of Arts of Budapest. This opera will be put on the stage of the Hungarian State Opera House in 2013. In June and July 2011, she sang Zélis in Franz Lisztís one and only opera, Don Sanche. This opera - directed by Julia Glass and conducted by Nicolaus Richter - was premiered at the International Operafestival Miskolc (Hungary) and in the Stadthalle Bayreuth (Germany), on the occasion of the Liszt-Jubilee.

In May 2011, Melinda Heiter qualified herself for the Finals of the Neue Stimmen Competition that took place in Gütersloh Germany in October 2011. In 2012 she is laureate of the International Singing Competition Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. she will appear in the summer Operafestival 2012 as Palmatica in the operetta of Millöcker, Der Bettelstudent.

In 2012, Melinda Heiter made her debut on the stage of the Hungarian State Opera House as Dorabella, under the buton of György Vashegyi (stage direction by Miklós Szinetár). she was heard as Lichas in George Frideric Handelís Hercules, premiered in Hungary by the Budapest Spring Festival in the Palace of Arts of Budapest. The piece was directed by Csaba Káel and conducted by György Vashegyi.

Future engagements contain the role of Irene in G.F. Handelís Theodora (Palace of Arts of Budapest), Cherubino (Iseum Szombathely), Palmatica (Theater Braunschweig) and Fricka in Der Ring an einem Abend (Studiobühne Bayreuth).

Source: Melinda Heiter Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2012)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




György Vashegyi


BWV 7, BWV 23, BWV 27, BWV 44

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Melinda Heiter - Mezzosoprano (Official Website)


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