The inspired musical landscape of singer-songwriter Melanie Mitrano spans many genres, including jazz, Brazilian, classical, musical theatre, pop, and Portuguese Fado. An award-winning ASCAP composer, her eclectic music feels at home in almost any setting, be it a concert hall, theater, or jazz club.
All Things Gold, her most recent album, features "straight-up acoustic vocal jazz in a champagne glass – swinging, clean, cool and refined." To date, six of the songs on the disc have won compositional awards. Brazilian music also factors heavily into Melanie's artistic profile. Fluent in Portuguese, she performs Brazilian standards and also pens her own Portuguese-language songs.
Songs in Transit, Melanie's critically-acclaimed debut CD, was released on Capstone Records in 2006. It features repertoire which unites musical theater, blues, jazz, hip-hop and
world music styles within a classical framework. Such notable American composers as Lee Hoiby, Tom Cipullo and Lori Laitman, as well as Pulitzer-Prize-winning composers David Del Tredici and
Paul Moravec are heard accompanying the singer at the piano.
Melanie is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has the distinction of being the first woman to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. She has worked with many esteemed composers, including György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, and John Harbison. She was a founding member of the Boston-based Auros Group for New Music and has sung with similar groups in the New York area, including Speculum Musicae, Ensemble 21, Composers Concordance Ensemble, Vox Novus, and Friends & Enemies of New Music. With Absolute Ensemble, she recorded the film score for the movie Perfume, winner of the 2007 German Film Award, directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Dustin Hoffmann and Alan Rickman. Her voice appears in the film and on the EMI movie soundtrack.