Melissa Kornacki smMelissa Kornacki, American Mezzo-Soprano, is a “remarkably talented,” (DC Theater Scene) in demand artist performing widely across the United States and abroad. 

Most recently she won First Prize in the Oratorio division for the Lyra International Singing Competition in New York. Voce di meche said this about her performance, “First Prize in the Oratorio Division was won by mezzo-soprano Melissa Kornacki who wisely selected the "Agnus Dei" from Rossini's Messe Solennelle, to show off her highly operatic sound and gorgeous vocal line. Her deep resonant voice made the most of it and we would love to hear her as one of Rossini's mezzo heroines.” 

2015-2016 season highlights include a number of comedic roles starting with Ms. Benson in Delibes’s Lakmé first with Baltimore Concert Opera, and then later, Opera Delaware. Next Melissa took on the role of the infamous Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit with Opera Delaware. Melissa coached with professional pastry chef, Michele Mitchell of the Hotel Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware and together with the vision of director, Bud Martin, the stage was transformed into a live cooking show with real ingredients. Melissa then went on to portray Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with Baltimore Concert Opera where she got to act alongside legendary actor, John Astin. 

Ms. Kornacki also performed her first Wagnerian role in Götterdämmerung with Union Avenue Opera. She gained positive reviews stating, “Melissa Kornacki makes her Waltraute fascinating nevertheless-beautifully sung with real depth of character” (Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX.org) and that she “struck sparks in her scene with her love-besotted sister” (St. Louis Post). 

Her 2014-2015 season reflected her extensive chorus work as she was seen performing with the choruses of The Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Washington Concert Opera, Washington National Opera, and was Principal Alto for the Washington Master Chorale where she was also a featured artist performing the Alto Solo in Duruflé’s Requiem. Melissa also appeared two more times with Baltimore Concert Opera as Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata, and earlier in 2013 as Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen

Ms. Kornacki made her international debut in 2007 in the United Arab Emirates performing the roles of Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, and Anita in Bernstein’s West Side Story. Since then she has also shown a great interest in new works. She covered the role of Orfeo in a new adaptation by Five Words in a Line entitled, Orfeo, Eurydice and The Serpent that was performed at St. Mark’s Theater in New York. She then originated the dual role of Dr.Greene/Sage 2 in Kyle Gullings’s Opera Oblivion at the Capital Fringe Festival in DC. 

Melissa is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was an Emerging Artist with Opera New Jersey and an Outreach Apprentice with the Opera Theater of Northern Virginia. This year she is looking forward to singing again with the choruses of Washington Concert Opera and Washington National Opera.