Melissa Shippen has appeared on three continents as a leading soprano, in Asia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic singing Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 Sorrowful Songs and in Europe at the Deutsche Opera Berlin as a recipient of the American Berlin Opera Foundation. She appeared on the stage of the Deutsche Oper Berlin for two seasons in a number of roles. As a member of The Juilliard Opera Center, she was heard as Marenka in their 2005 production of The Bartered Bride and as Lia in Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue
In the U.S.A., she has appeared with the Palm Beach Opera as Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffman and as Blanche in Les Dialogues des Carmelites,Wolf Trans Opera and and Aspen Opera as Mimi in La Boheme, Opera Company of Middlebury in the title role in Thais with Opera Company of Middlebury in Vermont, and with The Atlanta Opera as Micaela in Carmen
Melissa made her Carnegie Hall debut in as the soprano soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 conducted by Jahja Ling. She returned to Carnegie Hall in as soprano soloist in Britten’s War Requiem conducted by David Atherton, for which The New York Times favorably reviewed her as “a dramatic soprano with an attractive, powerful sound.”
The soprano has received the following honors: Winner of first prize in the Viotti International ‘Vokal Genial’ Competition in Munich and the Opera Birmingham competition, the 'Culture Award' from the American Scandinavian Society at the United Nations; Metropolitan National Council Auditions- District Winner and Mid-South Regional Finalist; Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition 2nd Prize Award winner (Junior Division); the Orpheus National Music Competition Grand Prize winner (Junior Division); and the Grand Prize at the 'Di Panni- Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship' Competition..
Melissa enjoys song recitals and has performed 'Vocal Honors Recitals' and 'Wednesdays at One' series performances through the auspices of Juilliard at Alice Tully Hall. She performed a French song concert with New York Festival of Song Artistic Director Steven Blier at Wolf Trap. Melissa has also worked with master-teachers and artists Leontyne Price, Warren Jones, James Conlon, Evelyn Lear, Christine Brewer, and through the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Zankel Hall, Deborah Voigt and Renee Fleming. She performed Act I of Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine directed by Fabrizio Melano at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara in 2011. While there, she performed Previn’s Four Songs for Cello, Soprano and Piano in chamber concert. She was a full scholarship recipient of Ms. Jeanne Thayer.
Melissa holds both Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School. She continued her post-Masters studies with Soprano Professor Edith Wiens in Augsburg, Germany and with Amy Jarman of Vanderbilt University.