Melanie Holliday was born in Houston, Texas. She studied classical ballet for over 14 years before beginning her vocal education with Dr. Walter Foster. After having finished her opera diploma at the University of Indiana the soprano came to Europe where the legendary Marcel Prawy recommended her for Leonard Bernstein’s musical “Candide” in Vienna. Soon thereafter Melanie Holliday joined the ensemble of the Vienna Volksopera. Over a period of 15 years she performed with distinction at this opera house in more than 20 roles most successfully. Among others her special roles included “Valencienne” (The Merry Widow) as well as “Adele” (The Bat) not to forget “Olympia” (The Tales of Hoffmann), where she sang the highly sophisticated coloratura part “en pointe” quite uniquely due to her dancing abilities.

An international career has taken the multi-talented artist to all the major music festivals of Europe. She has performed at the finest concert locations at the side of famous partners and appeared in many TV shows. Due to her stage presence and professional attitude of interpreting the operetta repertory, Melanie Holliday is a welcomed guest and enthuses the public all over the world. A wide selection of CDs, which have been recorded in Vienna and mainly produced by Camerata, Tokyo, bespeak the popularity of the much beloved artist.

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Find here a worldwide selection of opera houses, concert halls and festivals where Melanie Holliday has performed:


Vienna Volksoper (ensemble member until 1988/89)
State Opera Vienna (Bernstein’s oratorio „Mass“)
Bregenzer Festspiele
Seefestspiele Mörbisch
Theater an der Wien
Konzerthaus Wien
Brucknerhaus Linz


Stadttheater München Gärtnerplatz
Metropoltheater Berlin
Alte Oper, Frankfurt
Kölner Philharmonie
München Herkulessaal
Beethovenhalle Bonn
Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt
Konzerthaus Freiburg
Stadttheater Gießen
Gewandhaus zu Leipzig


Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona


Teatro Regio Torino
Festival dei Due Mondi Spoleto


Houston Grand Opera – Jesse H. Jones Hall
New York State Theatre
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Chicago Auditorium Theatre
Palm Beach Opera
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles


Suntory Hall, Tokyo
Tokyo Opera City
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo
Oji Hall, Tokyo
The Symphony Hall Osaka
Osaka Festival Hall
Ishikawa Ongakudo, Kanazawa
Nagano Kenmin Bunka Kaikan
Aichi-ken Geijutsu Gekijo, Nagoya


Beijing Exhibition Center Theater


Moskau Stanislawski-Theater