Sieglinde in DIE WALKÜRE
Hong Kong Philharmonic
"And once again, he has a first rate cast. The Siegmund and Sieglinde are Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton. Her commitment and steely intensity are never to be doubted, and she really rises to the challenge of her final scene with Siegmund."
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian
"Skelton was ideally partnered by the tonally radiant and touchingly characterized Sieglinde of Heidi Melton."
-Vincent H.K. Lau, Classical Net
"Heidi Melton, was a gleaming-toned, big voiced Sieglinde, clearly champing at the bit for bigger assignments—her Twitter name, not coincidentally, I suspect, is @Hojotoheidi."
-Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine
"The American soprano Heidi Melton as Sieglinde sounds at points more Brünnhilde-like than Lang herself; and Melton is indeed appearing as the Valkyrie-in-chief in Hong Kong this month in a Siegfried that will presumably arrive on the shelves sometime before Christmas. This is a strong outing."
-Arthur Kaptainis, Ludwig Van
"Heidi Melton, the Sieglinde, matches Skelton in tender beauty in her lower range."
-Fred Cohn, Opera News
“Heidi Melton’s rich-toned Sieglinde and Stuart Skelton’s sterling Siegmund raise the level.”
-Richard Fairman, Financial Times
"Heidi Melton’s generous-voiced Sieglinde is given all the space in the world to make the narration about the twins’ father Wotan the high point of Act 1 that it should be – a result only slightly hindered by Naxos’s microphones seeming less sympathetic to her enunciation than, say, Bavarian Radio’s were at Bayreuth last summer."
-Mike Ashman, Gramophone
"Heidi Melton’s Sieglinde stole the audience’s heart. With a near stentorian soprano of precision, beauty and grace, the young American singer dominated the stage without really trying. She was at ease, natural, enthralling: the type of dramatic soprano that Wagner aficionados will travel the world for."
-Philip Eisenbeiss, Interlude
"Skelton and the rising American soprano Heidi Melton are the incestuous Wälsung twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde. If the impact of the live performances has been successfully captured — it was thrilling to hear Skelton and Melton singing their hearts out — the discs, out later this year, should be high on every Wagnerian’s wish list."
-Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times