Soprano Melissa Citro makes her San Francisco Opera debut in the 2011 Ring cycle. As a participant in the 2001 Merola Opera Program she performed Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. A former winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Citro made her international debut in the title role of Jenůfa at Stuttgart Opera in 2008. Other career highlights include Magda (The Consul) with Glimmerglass Opera; the High Priestess (Hippolytus and Aricia) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; and the Nursing Sister (Suor Angelica) in Los Angeles Opera’s production of Il Trittico. On the concert stage, she recently performed Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Her other recent engagements include Ortlinde (Die Walküre) and the Third Norn (Götterdämmerung) in Los Angeles Opera’s recent Ring cycle. The Illinois native’s awards have included the George London Award, the Richman Award from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and first place in the Mario Lanza Competition.