Mélodie Ruvio started playing the recorder when she was six. That same year, she became a member of the Sotto Voce Children’s Choir (conducted by Scott Prouty) and took part in Paris Opera Bastille productions for young audiences. After obtaining her degree in Spanish Language, Letters and Civilisation, she joined the Paris CNR Conservatory, where she studied in the Young Paris Choir programme, founded by renowned choir conductor Laurence Equilbey, and obtained her DEM Music Diploma in voice.
Mélodie first announced herself in the title role of Folie in André-Cardinal Destouches’ Le Carnaval et la Folie, conducted by Hervé Niquet and directed by Jacques Osinski at the Opéra Comique in Paris, a production also taken to the Capitole in Toulouse and Bucharest Opera. She then sang the roles of Paix, Junon and Bellone in Lully’s Le Ballet des Arts with La Simphonie du Marais (c. Hugo Reyne; d. Vincent Tavernier) at the Festival de Sablé in Versailles. She sang Third Soprano in Purcell’s King Arthur with Le Concert Spirituel, again with Niquet in Montpellier, Metz and Versailles, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Barbican Centre in London and the Luxembourg Philharmonie. She then sang Disinganno in Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with Alexis Kossenko/Les Ambassadeurs in Warsaw and Poznan. Mélodie was also heard during the 2012-2013 season in the roles of Fedra and Venere in Cavalli’s L’Egisto (c. Vincent Dumestre; d. Benjamin Lazar) at the Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéra de Rouen and the Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg.
She sang her first Mozart role as Third Lady The Magic Flute (c. Joel Suhubiette; d.Eric Perez) at the Saint-Céré Festival and Opéra de Massy and went on to study that repertoire in more detail at the Aix-en-Provence Festival Mozart Academy. She also sang the role of Cléone in Gossec’s Thésée conducted by Guy Van Waas at Liège Philharmonie and Versailles Opera, as well as the role of Third Bayadère in Charles-Simon Catel’s Les Bayadères under the baton of Didier Talpain at the Sofia Philharmonie in Bulgaria (a production recorded on CD).
Mélodie is also in great demand on the concert platform, where her repertoire includes Liszt’s Via Crucis, Handel’s Messiah and Utrecht Te Deum, Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, St John Passion and Mass in B Minor, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Nisi Dominus, Colin de Blamont’s Te Deum, and a great number of Bach cantatas, under outstanding conductors such as Françoise Lasserre, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Jerome Correas, Marc Minkowski, Facundo Agudin, Michael Radulescu, Sylvain Sartre, Margaux Blanchard, Mathieu Romano, Jean-Michel Hasler, Frederick Haas and Alessandro Mocci.
She has recently been heard in the role of Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare (c. Facundo Agudin; d. Bruno Ravella) at Stand de Moutiers, Switzerland, and also as the Third Rhine Daughter in the world première of Michael Jarrell’s Siegfried, nocturne with the Ensemble Multilatérale at the Geneva Wagner Festival. In the summer of 2014, she sang solo contralto in Alessandro Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater (c. Sofi Jeannin) with the Pulcinella Ensemble at the Opéra de Montpellier for Radio France Festival; she then sang Third Lady in The Magic Flute at Vichy Opera (c.Roberto Fores Veses), and Saint-Etienne Opéra (c. David Reiland).
Future engagements include a programme of Monteverdi and Charpentier with Les Arts Florissants, conducted by Paul Agnew and William Christie. She will also give a recital centred on Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus with Les Solistes du Concert Spirituel/Hervé Niquet and sings Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Geneva Camerata, conducted by David Greilsammer.
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