Amelia in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
Deutsche Oper Berlin
"...I have not visited this production for Götz Friedrich, but because of the long-awaited debut of Heidi Melton in a large role in Berlin. She stood on an international stage for the first time as Amelia. And the question is: can the American girl with her luscious Wagner voice also impress in the Italian repertoire?
Reminder: Melton recently sang smaller roles at the Met and DOB, where she was particularly noticed in 'Ring' revival as the 3rd Norn and Gutrune with an ideal Wagnerian voice - full, resounding in all positions, electricity in the text, and in the best sense of the word, an experience. In Berlin, she recently shone as Fata Morgana and will be Sieglinde next season.
She showed that she is perfectly able to convince as a Verdi specialist with fine-spun lines….[she] sat all of her high notes. And how! She also found a bewitching mezza voce in 'Morro, ma prima in grazia'. Someone who can sing Verdi with such lyricism and vocal harmony is practically a dream for Wagner and his Sieglinde."
-Dr. Kevin Clarke, Klassik