Sieglinde in DIE WALKÜRE
San Francisco Opera
“Wednesday's performance of "Die Walküre" also brought good news for the future of Wagnerian singing. Soprano Heidi Melton's splendid appearance as Sieglinde signaled the arrival of a bold new voice for this difficult repertoire. The first moments of her Act 1 encounter with the weary Siegmund established the basics of the performance, including a richly colored chest register, clarion top notes and especially a mastery of the lyrical phrasing essential to this part of the role. Yet there was more impressive vocalism still to come - particularly the punishing outbursts of Act 3, which Melton delivered with superb precision and power.”
-Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
"Impressive debuts marked much of the female casting. Heidi Melton, a former company Adler Fellow, returned on June 29 for the first Sieglinde of her career, and she wielded a dramatic soprano of imposing security and grandeur."
-Allan Ulrich, Opera Magazine
“Heidi Melton, singing her first-ever Sieglinde, brought a lovely, plush soprano and great heart to the role.”
-Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal