Melissa Joseph

TCO Next Hibbitt Savoca Award Winner

First-generation Haitian-American soprano, Melissa Joseph, graduated from Georgia State University with both a Bachelor and Master of Music in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Kay Paschal. She is also a graduate of the CCCEPA program at Pebblebrook High School. Her recent onstage work includes solo recitals, and singing the role of Musetta (La bohème) with Peach State Opera. Her collegiate work includes Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Peep-Bo (The Mikado), Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), and Sarah Good (The Crucible) with the GSU Opera Theatre. Additionally, Melissa completed the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop singing Micaëla (Carmen).

In 2019, Ms. Joseph was a finalist in three national competitions and won first place at the National Association of Negro Musicians NYC District auditions. In 2017 she received 2nd place in the Atlanta District NANM competition. Ms. Joseph also won the Kristin Lewis Foundation Artist Development Award and third place in the Orchestra Noir Concerto Competition. Melissa was also named a semifinalist in the 2018 FAVA Grand Concours Competition.

Recently, Melissa moved to Boston, MA and began studying with Sharon Daniels. She spent summer 2019 with the New England Opera Intensive and New England Conservatory Summer Opera Workshops singing the roles of La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Madame Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Melissa’s performances have moved to a virtual setting. Recently, she made her network television debut on DON’T hosted by Adam Scott on ABC. She also sang in GENERATION NEXT: A VIRTUAL RECITAL by Angel Blue. She also sang in the Fort Worth Opera Masterclass series with Jennifer Rowley and Martina Arroyo. Later this year she will be featured in an international virtual performance highlighting the influence of opera music in Haiti in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire.