Melody McClellan has been called “a functioning singer,” “an extremely versatile vocalist,” and “a vocal chameleon.” She has an extraordinary range vocally, musically, and dramatically, and it’s been said that she “finds the heart of a song and shares it with her audience.”
Equally at home in classical music and musical theater, Melody majored in Vocal Performance at Converse College in her hometown of Spartanburg, SC. During her time there, she performed with Converse Opera Theater as Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and in the title role of Seymour Barab’s comic opera Little Red Riding Hood. She then traveled to Rome, Italy where she spent a summer rehearsing and performing the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
While living in Charlotte, NC, Melody regularly performed professionally with Opera Carolina, as well as with several regional opera companies. Past roles include the Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Gasparina in La Canterina.
On the musical theater stage, Melody has performed all over in the Carolinas in roles including Woman 1 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Cher and Janis Ian in Beehive: The 60’s Musical, Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, ’Piphany in The Littlest Angel, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Allison in First Date, Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, and Maria/Lisa Simpson in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play.
Melody currently lives on the road with her husband Wes, as they are on an extended cross country road trip around the US. They’ve already hit parts of Florida, South Carolina, Arizona, and Colorado, with plans to visit the Pacific Northwest, the deep south, and New England later this year. Meanwhile, Melody has been absolutely overjoyed to align herself with the brilliant, lovable nerds of OBP. Having already sung a couple of commission pieces and having played Sorshala in Off the Beaten Path and Momma in Khulgar… the Making of a Hero, she’s excited to see what’s next and can’t wait for someone to commission a country song so she can show off her twang. You can follow Melody’s shenanigans on TikTok (@melmclell) and Instagram (@main.street.melmcclell).