Caroline Melzer: brilliant.
THE STANDARD, Ljubisa Tosic, 27/9/2019
Caroline Melzer dazzles with her "clear, broad, and bright soprano" (Eleonore Büning FAZ) and her unusually wide repertoire, ranging from big lyrical and youthful-dramatic roles to Operetta divas and contemporary works written specifically for her. She studied singing with Rudolf Piernay and Vera Scherr and song interpretation with Ulrich Eisenlohr and Irwin Gage.
Her first permanent engagement took the expressive singer to the Komische Oper Berlin in 2007, where she sang numerous roles such as Contessa, Fiordiligi, Mimì, Giulietta (Tales of Hoffmann), Lisa (Queen of Spades), Lisa (The Land of Smiles), Leonore in the first version of Fidelio, and Cordelia in Aribert Reimann's Lear in the highly acclaimed new production by Hans Neuenfels. From 2010 until 2017 she was a permanent ensemble member at the Vienna Volksoper, where she has sung roles such as Rusalka, Marie (The Bartered Bride), Micaela, Liù, Donna Elvira, Sieglinde in Ring in one evening (arrangement by Loriot), and the Merry Widow. In addition to her regular engagements, Caroline Melzer has appeared at the Ruhrtriennale, as First Lady at the Staatsoper Berlin and as Merry Widow at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland and in Tokyo, as well as Cordelia in Lear at the Hungarian State Opera. Last season she appeared again on the stage of the Volksoper as Donna Elvira and as Giulietta in Tales of Hoffmann, and could be heard at the Neue Oper Wien and at the Müpa Budapest as Angel in Péter Eötvös' Angels in America. In 2020/21 she returns to the Volksoper as Countess Mariza. Concerts will take her to Cologne (Anton Webern's Orchesterlieder and a world premiere of Enno Poppe with the Ensemble Modern under the composer's direction), and to the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam with Kurtag's Kafka Fragments, to the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, to Bad Kissingen for a "Best of" Kissinger Liederwerkstatt, and to the Elphilharmonie for the world premiere of a work by Wolfgang Rihm.