French Soprano Mélissa Petit was born in Saint-Raphaël and studied singing both in her hometown and in Nice before joining the International Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera. After three years there and a further two as a freelance singer, she joined the Zurich Opera in 2015. Her roles with the company have included Sophie (Werther), Marzelline (Fidelio), Aennchen (Der Freischütz) and Créuse in Charpentier’s Médée.
Mélissa Petit resumed her freelance career in 2017 and has enjoyed great success in a series of leading roles that have included Micaëla (Carmen) and Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Bregenz Festival and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) both at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. She has also made guest appearances at the Paris Opéra as Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore) and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte). In 2019 she was heard as Aricie in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie in a coproduction shared by the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Zurich Opera.
The third prize in the 2019 Paris Opera Competition opened the doors to other French opera houses. In March 2021, for example, she sang Anna in a concert performance of Boieldieu’s La Dame blanche in Limoges, a role that she will repeat there in fully-staged performances in 2023.
Mélissa Petit is making her Salzburg debut at the 2021 Whitsun Festival as Bellezza (Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno) and as Servilia in a concert performance of La clemenza di Tito. She has already sung this last-named role in Zurich and Monte Carlo.
Plans include her role debuts as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), as Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites) and in the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen as well as further performances as Gilda and Marzelline.