Melanie Henley Heyn

Melanie Henley Heyn, soprano (Abrahamsville, PA), sings a vast repertoire of music spanning the opera, concert and folk worlds. Her 33 divas recording project combining classic Wagner, Verdi & Puccini roles with modern American opera heroines remains the #1 Most Funded Kickstarter for a Solo Classical Artist. A recent focus on orchestral lieder has included performances of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Rückert-Lieder, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire & Gurre-Lieder, Messiaen's Poèmes pour Mi & Harawi, and, most recently, Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder. She has premiered works by Anne LeBaron, Bear McCreary and Sharon Farber and collaborated with pianists Martin Katz, Seth Knopp & Ashok Gupta, as well as with the Calder Quartet. Her Vienna to Hollywood recital program featuring Jewish composers who fled Vienna for Los Angeles on the eve of WWII has been heard in libraries, in synagogues, and on college campuses in the United States and Europe. Reaching back to her own musical roots, Melanie recently recorded an album of folk songs, old and new. She can also be heard on the soundtrack of the cult television series Battlestar Galactica.