Soprano Melissa Wimbish was the recent Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 NATSAA Competition along with the Franco-American Award for best interpretation of French repertoire. Praised by The New York Times for her “stylish singing” and by The Boulder Daily Camera as “simply incredible…the highlight of the entire evening,” she is consistently recognized for her artistry, technical prowess, and captivating stage presence. Recently appearing as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera Baltimore, the young soprano did not go unnoticed with Opera News noting her “promising soprano” while The Baltimore Sun praised her “bright voice” and “knack for animating phrases.” During the 2015/16 season, Ms. Wimbish will perform Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with Concert Artists of Baltimore followed by her portrayal of Josephine Baker in Tom Cipullo’s new, one-woman opera Josephine which was named one of Anne Midgette’s (Washington Post) top picks to see this spring. At the Kennedy Center, she will make her debut with Washington Ballet as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana. After performing the title role in their inaugural production, The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse, Ms. Wimbish is pleased to return to On Site Opera as Cherubino in the North American premiere of Marcos Portugal’s The Marriage of Figaro this summer. Her Carnegie Hall recital debut in October 2016 will present works by living composers Tom Cipullo, Jake Heggie, Jessica Meyer, and Gregory Spears. Melissa fronts the indie chamber rock band Outcalls and lives in Baltimore with her blind dog, Scarlett and her mute cat, Billy. Learn more about her at www.melissawimbish.com.