Isolde in TRISTAN AND ISOLDE
English National Opera
“Soprano Heidi Melton’s Isolde breezily marries ferocious passion to a radiant, diva mystique Celine Dion would kill for."
-Sasha Selavie, The Gay UK
"Heidi Melton is by turns an imperious, vengeful and melting Isolde, successfully riding the Wagnerian swells."
-Cara Chanteau, The Independent
"Ms. Melton and Mr. Skelton were credible and captivating as ardent lovers. It was touching, poignant, heartfelt. Both had brightly agile voices with no glimmer of the rasping tightness that afflicts too many singers in this helden, or heroic repertory."
-Michael White, The New York Times
"Heidi Melton’s debut Isolde revealed a voice also of considerable power that was at its best in the first and second act love duets with Skelton: it was not only the doomed lovers’ hearts that raced towards the climax of the first act which was genuinely thrilling and no less so than their duet of the second act."
-John Nathan, The Jewish Chronicle
"Melton is an Isolde of big, warm, generous singing."
-Richard Fairman, Financial Times
“Will the reader believe me if I affirm that Heidi Melton's voice is only comparable to the young prewar Kirsten Flagstad and that of Birgit Nilsson? She acts and negotiates the depths and the tops of this, the most difficult of the written tessituras for dramatic soprano.”
-Augustín Blanco Bazán, Mundo Clásico
“Any worries that Heidi Melton’s Isolde wouldn’t have the necessary attack and personality were quickly dispelled by her rage and acerbic irony in Act One, and by the sheer power of her post-potion bewilderment. Her voice gleamed powerfully, and she dealt heroically with the rather clumsy manoeuvres around her rocky love-nest…”
-Peter Reed, Classical Source
“Melton sang Isolde with seemingly effortless control in the middle range, and a beautiful purity of tone at moments of reflection. Skelton and Melton gave us voices well up to the job of filling this vast auditorium.”
-Mark Ronan, Theatre Reviews
“If those spectators were getting more of Heidi Melton's Isolde than Skelton's Tristan, they should not have been too disconcerted. Melton has a warm and lovely middle range, and she's good with the text…”
-David Nice, The Arts Desk
“As Isolde, Heidi Melton [has a] plangently affecting middle register…”
-Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage