Robert Mellon

American baritone Robert Mellon was acclaimed by Opera News for having “excellent comic timing,” and a “domineering baritone, gleaming like polished copper.” In 2023 Robert joins Pensacola Opera for Marcello in La bohème, Tonio in Pagliacci with Opera Tampa, Figaro in La nozze di Figaro with Syracuse and Tri-Cities Operas, and George in Of Mice and Men with Livermore Valley Opera. He also returns to Opera Maine for Dandini in La Cenerentola.

2022 was a busy season for the baritone. He sang Pappageno in The Magic Flute with Pensacola, offered his first Iago in Othello with InSeries Opera, debuted with Opera Philadelphia as Marullo in Rigoletto, and returned to Opera Maine for a gala concert. He won outstanding reviews as the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff with Union Avenue Opera and made a role and company debut with Tulsa Opera as Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Escamillo in Carmen. In 2020-21 Robert made several role and house debuts: Schaunard in La bohème with San Diego Opera, Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Opera Las Vegas, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Union Avenue Opera, and with Opera de Oviedo, Marcello in La bohème and Gubetta in Lucrezia Borgia. In 2024 he returns to Opera Tampa for Leporello in Don Giovanni, Terry in Breaking the Waves at Detroit Opera and sings the title role in Monteverdi’s Ulisses with InSeries Opera.

Pre-pandemic credits included company debuts with Opera de Oviedo as Simone in Eine Florentinische Tragödie and Tonio in Pagliacci; the title role in Gianni Schicchi and Simone in Eine Florentinische Tragödie with Livermore Valley Opera, where the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Baritone Robert Mellon was both the musical star of the performance and its dramatic vertex…with a steely vocal edge that never interfered with the beauty and flexibility of his singing.” Mr. Mellon reprised the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Maine and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Syracuse Opera. Robert sang the world premiere of Dear Erich with New York City Opera and Leporello in Don Giovanni with Syracuse Opera, then returned to Shreveport Opera for Bernardo in West Side Story. Other roles include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, and Macbeth in the U.S. premiere of Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth. Concert work includes the Mozart and Duruflé Requiems, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bach’s Magnificat, and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.