Melodee Fernández is active as a private voice instructor, performing vocalist, music lecturer, stage director, conductor and adjudicator. She has been an adjunct music professor at the University of Southern California and Cal State Los Angeles and has also taught at Cal State Fresno, College of the Canyons and Mount St. Mary’s College. She currently teaches voice at CASA0101 Theater.
Ms. Fernández, soprano, hails from Los Angeles and has sung professionally with various opera, zarzuela and theater companies in the United States and Europe. She is the director, lead teaching artist and featured soprano of LA Opera’s Zarzuela Project, which is in their sixth year performing throughout Southern California, and is also the director of her own performing group L.A. Zarzuela. She was a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions and has been a featured soloist with the Pacific Symphony and the Miami City Ballet, Opera Pacific, Westchester Symphony, Zoo District Theatre, Opera Theatre of Lucca (Italy), Comedy Central and “Música en Compostela” (Spain) who presented her with the Joaquín Rodrigo Award for excellence in the interpretation of Spanish music. Under conductor Jeannine Wagner, Melodee has been a featured soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale in two concert tours of Japan and was the soprano soloist in the Bach B minor Mass with the L.A. Camerata Orchestra. Operatic roles to her credit include Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Medea in Teseo, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, a Hand Maiden in Turandot, La Doctora in Voces en el Polvo by Bruno Louchouarn, as well as singing with Opera Pacific for ten years at Segerstrom Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the Laguna Bowl under conductors John DeMain, Stephen Lord, John Mauceri and many others in Carmen, Turandot, Carmina Burana/I Pagliacci, Eugene Onegin, La Traviata, Candide, Susannah, La Bohème, Samson & Delilah, Madame Butterfly, Aïda, L’Elisir d’Amore, Tosca and Porgy and Bess. She worked with Daniel Catán singing the role of Isabela in Rappacini’s Daughter in a special workshop presentation and performed in Ed Begley, Jr.’s musical, César and Ruben.
A specialist of Spanish zarzuela, Ms. Fernández was a featured soloist with the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Intro to Zarzuela and Zarzuela under the Stars at the Ricardo Montalbán Theater as well as the BFA Theater. Singing with Opera Cómica de Madrid in Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente and El Chaleco Blanco she did a national tour of Spain. She sang the lead female roles of Paloma in El Barberillo de Lavapiés for Santa Barbara Grand Opera and Susana in La Verbena de la Paloma for Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, directed Goyescas for Lyric Opera of Los Angeles and La Verbena de la Paloma for Cal State Los Angeles. She has been a guest lecturer of zarzuela for such organizations as LA Opera, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Long Beach and the American Association of University Women.
At CASA0101 Melodee was the vocal director and assistant music director for Eastside Heartbeats, a musical based on the East L.A. 60’s band Cannibal and the Head Hunters and was the music director for Real Woman Have Curves: The Musical. She was also the music director for Too Many Tamales at the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts. Singing backup for singer-songwriter, Linda Perry, Melodee performed in a benefit concert headlined by Christina Aguilera and is a featured singer on the live dvd release of Cast a Long Shadow: A Tribute to Joe Strummer.
Ms. Fernández earned her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Voice from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, and attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and AGMA.