Melissa Wimbish

Melissa Wimbish, soprano (Baltimore, MD), is a soprano, songwriter, and bandleader. She made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut after winning the NATS Artist Award Grand Prize for excellence in art song and operatic performance. She created the role of Josephine Baker in the critically-acclaimed world-premiere of “Josephine” by Tom Cipullo. Her career solo highlights include Bernstein’s “MASS” with the National Symphony, Ligeti’s “Mysteries of the Macabre” with Baltimore Symphony, Alice in the US-premiere of HARRIET by Hilda Paredes at Yellow Barn, Nimue in Shakespeare Theatre’s “Camelot”, “Carmina Burana” with Washington Ballet, a staged Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” with The 13 Ensemble, and a self-directed recital film for the INVISION recital series. In the 2023-24 season, Ms. Wimbish made several role debuts including Anna in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and Miss Jessel in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. On the concert stage, she debuted as soprano soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass and Handel’s Messiah. She will perform the world-premiere of Robert Manno’s Portrait of Millay at the 2024 Windham Chamber Music Festival. Melissa is a frontwoman of the pop duo Outcalls, who released their third studio album in 2022 and mounted a woman-led production of their interdisciplinary stage show, Release the Gowns at Baltimore’s Voxel Theater. Previous Yellow Barn musician (2023)