Mezzo-Soprano Melanie Ashkar (La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi/Mistress of the novices in Suor Angelica) appears this season as Jons in a world premiere opera The Seventh Seal with the International Brazilian Opera Company, and with OperaRox Productions as Bradamante in Alcina, after having spent her summer as a Young Artist with the Opera Company of Middlebury as well as an Apprentice Artist with Caramoor. Last season she sang Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia with Utopia Opera, and Jo in Little Women with Mannes Opera. In seasons prior she has portrayed La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Zita in Gianni Schicchi and Older Woman in Flight, all with Mannes Opera, as well as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel and Cendrillon in Cendrillon, among other roles. Melanie has been presented in concert with the Mannes Festival, Opera Singers Initiative, Opera on Tap and the Friday Morning Music Club, and was a finalist in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation Art Song competition. Please visit Melanie´s website at