Melanie GardnerMelanie Gardner, soprano, has sung with New Orleans Opera as Mrs. Ham in Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, and is also a soloist for the New Orleans Opera Association’s “Opera On Tap” program for the 2013-14 season. This summer she participated in the International Performing Arts Institute’s Opera Studio in southern Germany, where she performed both concert and operatic repertoire for German audiences. Ms. Gardner recently graduated with her M.M. in Vocal Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi, where she performed the roles of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Margot in The Merry Widow, and Shepherdess and Cat in L’enfant et les sortileges. She also performed this summer as The Grouch in FestivalSouth’s children’s opera Green Eggs and Ham. In 2012 she sang the title role of Suor Angelica in Rome, Italy, with Operafestival di Roma. Other operatic engagements include The Mikado with the Natchez Festival of Music and The Marriage of Figaro with the Mississippi Opera. Ms. Gardner frequently performs musical theatre, and most recently appeared on the musical theatre stage as the Beggar Woman in USM’s production of Sweeney Todd. Ms. Gardner has performed numerous roles with the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, including Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Maria Elena Holly in Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story and Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music.