BIOGRAPHY

Following her completed violin studies at the Meistersinger-Konservatorium in Nuremberg, Melanie Forgeron studied opera singing at the University for Music and Theatre in Hanover with Prof. Richardson-Smith and completed her studies with a degree in 2005.

Master classes with Prof. Michèle Crider, Ks. Brigitte Fassbaender, Prof. Michelle Breedt, and Prof. Klesie Kelly rounded off her vocal training. Since 2018, Melanie Forgeron has been studying privately with Dame Gwyneth Jones in Zurich.

 

Melanie Forgeron was an established member of the Theater Aachen ensemble from 2005 to 2010, where she made her début with great success, in roles which included Annius in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito”,   Nerone in Handel’s “Agrippina”, Charlotte in Massenet’s “Werther”, Idamante in Mozart’s “Idomeneo”, Muse/Niklausse in Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” and as Olga in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugen Onegin”.

At the same time, guest performances led Melanie Forgeron to the Theater Lüneburg as Hansel in “Hansel and Gretel”, to the Summer Festival in Eutin as Mercedes in “Carmen”, to the Staatsoperette (performing arts theatre) in Dresden, both as Orlofski in “Die Fledermaus” and as Carmen in “Carmen”, as well as to the Landestheater Detmold.

 

From 2010 to 2015, Melanie Forgeron was an established member of the ensemble at the Theater Bielefeld, where she celebrated wonderful successes as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, as Dorabella in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”, as Dido in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”, as Lucretia in Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” and as Xerxes in Handel’s “Xerxes”. Further roles in Bielefeld included Suzuki (“Butterfly”), Lola (“Cavalleria Rusticana”) and Page/Giovanna/Maddalena (“Rigoletto”).

In August 2015, Melanie Forgeron made her début at the Kioi-Hall in Tokio, where she sang The Composer (“Ariadne on Naxos”), Annina (“Rosenkavalier”) and Kundry (“Parsifal”).

At the opera festivals in Heidenheim, she sang the role of “Frau Mary” in „Der Fliegende Holländer” by R. Wagner in July 2017.

 

In 2018, Melanie Forgeron gave her debut as “Ulrica” in “Un Ballo in Maschera” by G. Verdi at the Opera Zuid (Netherlands).

Scholarships

2010 Live performance at the WDR TV, with the German national anthem, for the solemn celebration of the international “Karlspreis zu Aachen”, awarded to the prime minister of the Republic Poland S.E. Donald Tusk
2004 – 2007 Scholarship at Yehudi-Menuhin-Stiftung „Live music now“
2005 Scholarship at Richard-Wagner-Verbandes 2005
2005 Soloistic live performance at NDR Radio, in the series of „Start junger Künstler live“

Competitions

2009 3rd Prize Schlossoper Haldenstein (Switzerland)
2004 Finalist at the 33rd Bundeswettbewerb für Gesang Berlin
2001 Winner of the international singing competition of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg

Lectures

seit 2017 Teacher for solo singing at the Musikschule Küsnacht
2007 – 2009 Teacher for singing at the Theaterschule Aachen