Critics have had this to say about American Soprano, Melody Alesi: "Alesi takes the stage with style and intelligence and possesses a distinctive voice and the charisma of a world class opera star" (The Desert Sun, February 18th, 2006)
A native New Yorker, Melody Alesi studied voice primarily with her mother, Sandra Alesi, and subsequently, Arthur Spinetti.
The daughter of two professional singers, Ms. Alesi was already playing leading roles in musical comedy by the age of 15, while also studying ballet and modern dance. By age 17, she served as choreographer for the Boris Goldofsky Opera.
Ms. Alesi made a triumphant international debut with The Hong Kong Opera in the role of Marguerite (Faust) under the direction of Maestro David Stern, (son of Isaac Stern). She made her operatic debut in the role of Adele (Die Fledermaus). Some of her roles include Gilda (Rigoletto), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Violetta (La Traviata), Luisa Miller (Luisa Miller), Mimi (La Boheme), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Norina (Don Pasquale), Adina (L'Elisir D'amore) and Micaela (Carmen).
Ms. Alesi is the a winner of many vocal awards and scholarships, including a two time winner of The Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation Scholarship, where she made her Alice Tully Hall debut. Other awards include The Altamura/Enrico Caruso International Vocal Competition, The Center for Contemporary Opera, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, The Sergio Franchi Foundation Scholarship and first place in The Joyce Dukta Vocal Award (2006).
Ms. Alesi was a Young Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor and sang the title role in excerpts from Verdi's Luisa Miller under the direction of Maestro Will Crutchfield. That same year, she also made her debut with the Center for Contemporary Opera under the direction of Mark Shapiro in the world premiere of Cheri, creating the role of Edmae, an opera based on the Colette novel.
Ms. Alesi is equally at home as a recitalist and has been invited numerous times to sing at Caramoor joined by Composer/Pianist Joseph Turrin.
She has been a regular on the roster for the Mozart Festival Opera singing the role of Donna Anna, and also for Teatro Lirico D'Europa, singing the roles Gilda and Violetta and a 2006 winter tour in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Most recently she made her debut with Tampa Opera in Anton Coppola's opera Sacco and Vanzetti in which she portrayed three of the major characters, Lucia Mancini, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Luigia Vanzetti.