Mélissa Petit


Mélissa Petit was born in Saint-Raphaёl in the South of France in 1990. She began learning the piano at the age of 8 and decided to study singing at the age of 14 at the Music School of Saint-Raphaёl.

In 2009 she entered the University of Musicology in Nice and worked as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Saint-Raphaёl. In the same year she won 2nd prize at the International Competition “Concorso Musica Sacra di Roma” and later 1st prize at the National Competition of Béziers in France.

Between 2010 and 2013, Mélissa Petit has been a member of the International Opera Studio in Hamburg.

In August 2011 she appeared for the first time at the Baroque Music Festival in Innsbruck as Regimbert/Lombardischer Schutzgeist in Flavius Bertaridus, König der Longobarden by Telemann.

In March 2012 Mélissa won first prize and ‘prix spécial’ “Prix de l’opéra de Bordeaux” at the International Competition “Musiques au Coeur du Médoc” in Bordeaux.

In November 2012 she was chosen by the Hamburgische Staatsoper to represent them in the competition Stella Maris aboard the prestigious cruise ship MS Europa. There she won two prizes: an audition with Deutsche Grammophon and a contract for concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. The competition is broadcasted on german and French television as a four parts documentary: «Sängerkrieg auf Hoher See» by Ralf Pleger.

In august 2013, Mélissa won the third prize at the “Queen Sonja International Music Competition” in Oslo, Norway in the presence of her Majesty the Queen Sonja. The same year, she is invited to record the TV program “Stars of tomorrow”, presented by the tenor Rolando Villazon and broadcasted on the French/German TV channel ARTE. She works again with ARTE in 2015 for the TV program “Musik Entdeckung mit Thomas Engelbrock”.

In 2014, she is Edilia in the new co-production of Almira, Queen of Castille by Händel at the Hamburg State Opera and at the Festival of early Music in Innsbruck conducted by Alessandro De Marchi. She also makes her debut as Soeur Constance in Les dialogues des carmélites‘ by Poulenc in Hamburg.

The season 2015/2016 marks her debut at the Opera Bastille in Paris, France, where she sings the role of Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti, sharing the stage with Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak, Ambrogio Maestri and Mario Cassi and conducted by Donato Renzetti.

Since the season 2015/2016, she is a member of the ensemble Opernhaus Zürich in Switzerland. There she makes her debut as Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, both by Mozart. During the season 2016/2017, she also makes her debut as Ännchen in Der Freischütz by Weber, Sophie in Werther by Massenet and Créuse in Médée by Charpentier.

Next engagements for the upcoming seasons include Micaëla in Carmen by Bizet at the Bregenz Festival in Austria in summer 2017, Marzelline in Fidelio by Beethoven and Sophie in Werther at Opernhaus Zürich, the debut as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.