Melanie Forgeron

Mezzo-soprano Melanie Forgeron has enjoyed a rapidly growing career in Europe and Asia. Theaterkrant hailed her “gorgeous, dark voice and convincingly gloomy demeanor” in a recent performance as Ulrica in Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera with the Opera Zuid (Netherlands).

In 2021, Ms. Forgeron performed the roles of Playerqueen and Luciano in the world premiere of Joseph Summer’s Hamlet in a collaboration between the State Opera Russe, Parma Recordings and the Shakespeare Concert Series. Other performances in the 2021/22 season include a New Year’s Day recital, “Sonnengarten” in Wetzikon, Switzerland and the role of Rebecca in Mord auf der MS Opera with IG Opera Zofingen. Forgeron will perform Suter’s Le Laudi with Dommusik Aachen in 2022, previously postponed due to COVID-19.

Forgeron was an established member of the Theater Aachen ensemble from 2005 to 2010, where she made her début in roles which included Annius in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito,  Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Muse/Niklausse in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann and Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

Forgeron has performed with the Theater Lüneburg as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, the Summer Festival in Eutin as Mercedes in Carmen, and the Staatsoperette (performing arts theatre) in Dresden, both as Orlofski in Die Fledermaus and the title role in Carmen (a role she later reprised with the Landestheater Detmold). In 2017, Forgeron sang the role of Frau Mary in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer at the opera festival in Heidenheim.

In August 2015, Forgeron made her début at the Kioi-Hall in Tokio, where she sang The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, and Kundry in Parsifal. From 2010 to 2015, she was a member of the ensemble at the Theater Bielefeld, where she celebrated successes as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Page/Giovanna/Maddalena in Rigoletto, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte,  Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and in the title roles in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Handel’s Xerxes.

Following her completed violin studies at the Meistersinger-Konservatorium in Nuremberg, Forgeron studied opera singing at the University for Music and Theatre in Hanover with Prof. Carol Richardson-Smith and completed her studies with a degree in 2005. Master classes with Prof. Michèle Crider, Ks. Brigitte Fassbaender, Prof. Michelle Breedt, and Prof. Klesie Kelly rounded off her vocal training. Since 2018, Forgeron has been under the tutelage of Dame Gwyneth Jones in Zurich.