Melissa Shiflett’s career began as resident composer for the experimental Dream Theatre in Chicago. She specializes in opera and art songs. Her operas have been produced in New York City by (La MaMa E.T.C., The American Chamber Opera Company, New Dramatists, The Construction Company), in Philadelphia (The Pennsylvania Opera Theater), in Minnesota (Nautilus Music-Theater), in Baltimore (Peabody Chamber Opera, and in Chicago (Piccolo Productions). Excerpts from her opera DORA, to a libretto by Nancy Fales Garrett, were presented on the first annual VOX Festival showcase of NYC Opera. Her operas, Dora, Without Colors and My Undying Love: An Amusement are included in Operas in English, A Dictionary by Margaret Ross Griffel, 2013, Scarecrow Press. Her opera Lisa’s Room: A Dream had its New York premiere in June, 2016 at the Riverside Theatre. (See video recording of Lisa’s Room on
). Her art songs have been performed at Weill Recital Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the DIA Center for the Arts, and by the William Ferris Chorale in Chicago. Her Songs on Sara Teasdale Poems and Water Dreams are available on Albany Records.
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premiered her song/story cycle The Rose Saga in 2015 at the
Anthroposophy NYC Auditorium, singing the soprano role, with Elizabeth
Rodgers at the piano. Most recently she presented her two song cycles
with ancient Chinese texts, and Lullaby Duets for soprano, baritone,
piano, clarinet and cello in concert with Maggie Finnegan, Bryan
Elsesser and Elizabeth Rodgers as featured performers at the
Anthroposophy Auditorium, in NYC, May 20th, 2017.
Shiflett has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the
Margaret Jory Copying Assistance Program of the American Music Center,
Meet the Composer, and a Diverse Forms Artist Grant (funded by the NEA,
Rockefeller Foundation and Jerome Foundation) to complete the
orchestration of her opera Dora. She holds degrees in music composition
and piano from the American Conservatory of Music. In addition to
being a composer, performer and librettist, she is a music instructor at
the 92nd St. Y and is a member of ASCAP.