American baritone Robert Mellon has been acclaimed by Opera News for having “excellent comic timing” and a “domineering baritone, gleaming like polished copper.” During the 2022-2023 season he will be making his house debuts at Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Escamillo in Carmen, Tulsa Opera in L’italiana in Algeri as Taddeo, and Opera Tampa as Tonio in Pagliacci. Mr. Mellon will then return to Pensacola Opera to reprise the role of Marcello in La bohème and to Syracuse Opera and Tri-Cities Opera for Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. With Opera Las Vegas he will debut the role of Germont in La traviata. He will also sing the roles of Le Père, Ludovic and L’Usurier in a concert performance of La Belle et la Bête with Present Music in Milwaukee, WI. In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Mellon debuted the roles of Marcello in La bohéme and Gubetta in Lucrezia Borgia with Opera de Oviedo and made his Pensacola Opera debut reprising the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. He also debuted the role of Iago in a reimagined production of Verdi’s Otello with In Series Opera in Washington, D.C.
For his house debut with Opera Philadelphia, Mr. Mellon reprised the role of Marullo in Rigoletto. With Union Avenue Opera he debuted as the title role in Falstaff. In recent seasons Mr. Mellon has performed the roles of 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 Simone in Eine Florentinische Tragödie and Tonio in Pagliacci with Opera de Oviedo. With Livermore Valley Opera he performed the title role in Gianni Schicchi and Simone in Eine Florentinische Tragödie about which 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.”
Other roles include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Escamillo in Carmen, Pizarro in Fidelio, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, and Macbeth in the U.S. Premiere of Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth. Mr. Mellon was a studio artist with Opera Maine, a resident artist with Shreveport Opera, and a Gerdine Young Artist and Gaddes Festival Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He is also a Sullivan Foundation Career Grant recipient. Concert work includes Rossini’s Petite Messe Sollennelle, Mozart’s Requiem, Durufle’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Bach’s Magnificat, Faure’s Christmas Oratorio, and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.