Melissa is the Founder and Artistic Director of Bravo Academy and is active as a performer, voice instructor, stage director and adjudicator. She holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia.
Her studies have taken her throughout Canada and Europe including having studied Bel Canto Opera at Liceo Musicale “F. Manzato” in Treviso, Italy. Melissa performs both nationally and internationally in opera, operetta, oratorio, musicals, and concerts.
Beyond her own performances, Melissa has produced more than 60 shows, and directed more than 35, including: Curtains, The Secret Garden, Happy Days, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Edges, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, The Wiz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and many more.
Melissa has performed with companies such as the Toronto Operetta Theatre, International Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Opera Association, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Brampton Lyric Opera and Royal Opera Canada.
Melissa has performed in musicals such as: West Side Story, Annie, Sound of Music, A Christmas Carol and operas such as Don Giovanni as Zerlina, Hansel & Gretel as Gretel, Die Fledermaus as Adele and Le Nozze di Figaro as Susanna.
Melissa has stage directed a number of shows including such shows as A Christmas Carol, Legally Blonde the Musical, Cinderella, Oklahoma, Fame, Les Miserables, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women the Musical for Bravo Academy, The Old Maid and the Thief for Opera McGill, La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen and Barber of Seville for Opera York.
As a teacher, Melissa’s students have received great success in attaining professional music theatre roles with various companies such as the Sterling Festival, Mirvish Productions, entrance to various university and college classical music and music theatre programs such as University of Toronto, National Theatre School, Western, Queens, McGill, Dalhousie, entrance to programs such as Claude Watson, Etobicoke School for the Arts and Cardinal Carter School for the Arts and entrance to internationally recognized summer classical music academies such as Tanglewood.
Her students have received gold and silver medals in RCM and Conservatory Canada (CC) music exams and numerous scholarships and awards from the Kiwanis Music Festival, Davenport Music Festival, Rising Star Competition, NYCO, OMFA and ORMTA auditions.
Melissa adjudicates voice and music theatre and has adjudicated at both the local and provincial level. Melissa is a member of the Central Toronto Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA) where she has served a term as the Vice-President. Melissa is also a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Melissa loves to share music and the performing arts!