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Melinda Hughes graduated with honours from the Maastricht Conservatory of Music, The Netherlands and returned to London to study as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music. She completed her studies at The Brussels Opera Studio in Belgium then toured Europe for three years as the soloist with the André Rieu Strauss Orchestra, performing Operetta favourites with frequent appearances on Television and Radio.
Operatic roles performed include AIDA (Dorset Opera) Tosca, The Countess, Madame Butterfly (Diva Opera, Longborough, London City Opera, Columbia Artists, USA,) Mimi (Diva), Fiordiligi (London City Opera) Violetta (Central Festival Opera & ECO), Gilda and Frasquita, (ECO), Konstanze (BYO), Donna Anna, (Pavilion), Pamina (Chateau de La Hulpe, Brussels), Lisa (La Sonnambula), Euridice, Frau Fluth, Nedda (I Pagliacci touring Europe) Konstanze (BYO) Ninette (L’Amour pour trois oranges, Opera Studio La Monnaie, Brussels)
Concert work : Bertha (Eurydice, Weber, Chelsea Opera Group) Rachel (La Juive, Alyth Choral Society) Marzelline (Leonore, COG) Mendelssohn’s Midsummer night’s Dream (Auditorio Nacional, Madrid) Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Britten’s War Requiem in Norwich Cathedral, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Händel’s Messiah, Cordoba, Spain.
A specialist in Weimar Cabaret Melinda formed her satirical cabaret group Kiss & Tell and has performed at the Metropolitan Room, New York, The holders Festival Barbados, The Al Bustan Festival Beirut, Hay Literary Festival, Cadogan Hall and at the Assembly Rooms as apart of the Edinburgh Fringe. Her CD ‘Smoke and Noise’ featuring songs by Mischa Spoliansky received fantastic reviews both in the UK and the US. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 In tune three times and on a programme about Weimar Cabaret on BBC Radio 4 with Barry Humphries.
Melinda speaks Italian, French, Dutch, some German and a little Spanish.
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