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Melissa Peiou - Mezzo-Soprano
Canadian Mezzo-soprano Melissa Peiou is developing an enviable reputation as a creative and imaginative young artist on the opera and concert stage. Her flexible, agile voice and detailed embodiment of her characters have led to performances that have been praised by critics and audiences alike.
Ms. Peiou was the winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition in the Buffalo/Toronto District Region, and was a Metropolitan Regional Finalist in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2018.
In her 2017 performance of Annina in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier with Opera by Request Toronto, Musical Toronto states: the “Baron Ochs…was well partnered by mezzo Melissa Peiou as a saucy and lively Annina” (2017). Also, in 2017, Ms. Peiou performed the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Toronto City Opera and the Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera York.
During the 2015/2016 season, Ms. Peiou performed in Haydn’s Lord Neilson Mass in D minor (Missa in Angustiis) with The Festival Chorus of Calgary. Ms. Peiou also joined the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development Program where she sang Third Spirit in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute school tours. Melissa performed Maman, La Tasse, Un Patre, La Chatte, La Libellule, and L’Ecureuil in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges in the Christmas at the Opera concert.
Ms. Peiou performed the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Opera by Request Toronto during the 2014/2015 season. Melissa was also Nancy in Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten with the University of Toronto Opera, and with the Halifax Summer Opera, she took the role of Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. She sang in the University of Toronto’s 1914 Christmas Truce Quartet Concert with the King Township Historical Society and The Shrine of Marylake.
In 2013/14, Ms. Peiou performed the program “Words and Music” at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Four Seasons Centre. Ms. Peiou also appeared as the “lively and flirtatious” Nancy in Martha by Flotow at University of Toronto Opera in February (National Capital Opera Society, Spring 2013). Previous engagements include Gianetta in Donzietti’s L’Elisir d’amore, Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina, and Third Wood Nymph in Dvorak’s Rusalka.
Melissa Peiou completed her Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Honors) degree at the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Music degree within the Opera Division at the University of Toronto. She currently studies with renowned dramatic soprano Frances Ginzer.
Dora Mavor Moore Award-winner Dustin Peters is a Toronto-based composer whose works range from concert and chamber music to film scores and pieces for voice & dance. Born in British Columbia, Peters began music studies on piano from the age of 5 and studied double-bass at the Mount Royal College Conservatory and University of Ottawa before focusing on composition in 2001.
Peters has had the distinct pleasure of working with some of Canada’s finest artists such as Kent Monkman (multidisciplinary artist), James Kudelka (choreographer), the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sky Gilbert (playwright), Kevin Mallon (Conductor/Violinist) and Marion Newman (Mezzo-Soprano). Peters’ concert works have been performed across Canada, USA and in Great Britain, including chamber music at Harvard University and the opening work for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards Ceremony. Dustin’s film scores have been heard in such international festivals as the Berlin International Film Festival, ImagiNATIVE Media Arts Festival (Toronto), the Sao Paolo International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.