2017–18 Season: Gutrune and Helmwige in Der Ring des Nibelungen
Soprano Melissa Citro made her San Francisco Opera debut in the 2011 Ring cycle as Freia in Das Rheingold, Ortlinde in Die Walküre, and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung. Last season, she bowed as Minnie in La Fanciulla del West with Opera Colorado and Michigan Opera Theatre and as Marina in Dvořák’s Dimitrij with Bard SummerScape. Highlights from the 2015– 16 season include her Washington National Opera debut as Gutrune, her return to New Orleans Opera as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and her debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Second Symphony. A 2001 graduate of the Merola Opera Program, Citro has also sung the title role of Rusalka at New Orleans Opera, the title role of La Wally in her Dallas Opera debut, Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Sieglinde in Die Walküre at Virginia Opera, Magda Sorel in The Consul at the Glimmerglass Festival, Ortlinde and Third Norn in the Ring at Los Angeles Opera, and the title role of Jenůfa at Staatsoper Stuttgart. Future engagements include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for the Ring.