Portland-based soprano Melanie Downie Robinson is best known for her soaring, crystalline sound and engaging stage presence. Specializing in early music, Mel is active around the country as a soloist/recitalist and is a core member of the Baroque chamber ensemble, the Wildwood Consort. She has appeared as a Guest Artist with such groups as the Portland Bach Cantata Choir, the Columbia Chorale of Oregon and the Bach Association of Cincinnati.
A veritable disciple of J.S. Bach, Mel has performed the St. Matthew Passion at Carnegie Hall under Helmuth Rilling and the St. John Passion with Monica Huggett, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Les Voix Baroques. Additionally, she is known for her excellent command of the French language and style, captivating audiences with her intimate, sensual and nuanced interpretations of French repertoire from the Baroque through the present day. Also in high demand for small ensemble work, Mel is a founding member of the Sometime Quartet and has performed and recorded with The Julians, Cappella Romana, Portland Vocal Consort, Resonance Ensemble, Oregon Catholic Press and the prestigious Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati. She is well-versed in Gregorian chant and has served as cantor and soloist with Cantores in Ecclesia and the Schola Cantorum of Holy Rosary Church. She performs regularly in the annual William Byrd Festival under the direction of Richard Marlow.
Ms. Downie Robinson is a student of Nancy Zylstra in Seattle and has studied at the Accademia d’Amore (Baroque opera) with Stephen Stubbs, and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin. She has a degree in Vocal Performance from DePauw University in Indiana.