Mélissa Petit was born in Saint-Raphal in the South of France.  She began studying singing at the age of 14 at the Music School of Saint-Raphaёl.  In 2009 she attended the University of Musicology in Nice and worked as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Saint-Raphaёl. In the same year she won 2nd prize at the International Competition “Concorso Musica Sacra di Roma” and later 1st prize at the national singing competition at Béziers in France.

Between 2010 and 2013, Mélissa Petit was a member of the International Opera Studio in Hamburg, and in August 2011 she appeared for the first time at the Baroque Music Festival in Innsbruck as Regimbert/Lombardischer Schutzgeist in Telemann’s Flavius Bertaridus, König der Longobarden. In March 2012 Mélissa won first prize and the ‘Prix de l’opéra de Bordeaux’ at the international competition ‘Musiques au Coeur du Médoc’ in Bordeaux. In November 2012 she was chosen by the Hamburgische Staatsoper to represent them in the Stella Maris competition aboard the prestigious cruise ship MS Europa. There she won two prizes: an audition Deutsche Grammophon and a contract for concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. The competition was broadcast on German and French television as a four-part documentary: ‘Sängerkrieg auf Hoher See’ by Ralf Pleger.

In August 2013, Mélissa won third prize at the ‘Queen Sonja International Music Competition’ in Oslo, Norway in the presence of her Majesty Queen Sonja. The same year, she was invited to appear on the television programme ‘Stars of tomorrow’, presented by the tenor Rolando Villazon and broadcast on the French/German television channel ARTE. She worked again with ARTE in 2015 on the television programme ‘Musik Entdeckung mit Thomas Engelbrock’. In 2014, she sang the role of Edilia in the new co-production of Händel’s Almira, Queen of Castille at Hamburg State Opera and at the Festival of Early Music in Innsbruck conducted by Alessandro De Marchi. She also made her debut as Soeur Constance in Poulenc’s Le dialogue des Carmélites in Hamburg conducted by Simone Young.

The 2015/2016 season marked her debut at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, France, where she sang the role of Giannetta in Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore, sharing the stage with Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak, Ambrogio Maestri and Mario Cassi and conducted by Donato Renzetti. Between 2015 and 2017, she was a member of the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich in Switzerland, where she made a number of role debuts, including Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther and Créuse in Charpentier’s Médée. She made her role debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at the Bregenz Festival in Austria in summer 2017, and in November 2017, Mélissa participated in a gala concert organized in Copenhagen in honour of her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway. She also gave her role debut as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio at Opernhaus Zürich in December 2017 and repeated the role in a new production of Fidelio at Hamburg State Opera, conducted by Kent Nagano, in 2018. Mélissa had her role debut as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, and participated again in the same Role as Juliette in Oper am Rhein in early 2019. She returned to Opernhaus Zürich as Johanna in their new production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and as Aricie in their new production of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie in 2019. Her future engagements include her debut role as Gilda in Rigoletto at the Bregenz Festival in Austria in summer 2019, a return as Juliette in Oper am Rhein. Her role debut as Eurydice in Orphée et Eurydice at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie. In early 2020 she will be coming back to Opernhaus Zürich as Marzelline in Fidelio.





  • Roméo et Juliette (Juliette)

    • 15 Sept 2019 - 22 Oct 2019

    • oper am rhein


  • Orphée et Eurydice (eurydice)

    • 18 - 26 Oct 2019

    • Liège Théâtre royal

fidelio (marzelline)

  • 21 Jan 2020 - 09 feb 2020

  • Opernhaus zürich



  • Jul - Aug 2019

    • Rigoletto (Gilda)

    • Bregenzer Festspiele

  • May 2019

    • Hippolyte et Aricie (Aricie)


  • May - Jun 2019

    • Hippolyte et Aricie (Aricie)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Dec 2018

    • Sweeney Todd (Johanna Barker)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Jul 2018

    • Roméo et Juliette (Juliette)

    • National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

  • May 2018

    • Werther (Sophie)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Jan-Feb 2018

    • Fidelio (Marzelline)

    • Staatsoper Hamburg

  • Nov-Dec 2017

    • Fidelio (Marzelline)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Jul-Aug 2017

    • Carmen (Micaëla)

    • Bregenzer Festspiele

  • May-Jun 2017

    • Orlando paladino (Eurilla)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Apr 2017

    • Werther (Sophie)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Jan-Feb 2017

    • Médée (Créuse)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Sep-Oct 2016

    • Der Freischütz (Ännchen)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Sep-Nov 2016

    • Der Schauspieldirektor (Mademoiselle Silberklang)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Jul 2016

    • La clemenza di Tito (Servilia)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Apr 2016

    • Die Zauberflöte (1. Dame)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Feb-Apr 2016

    • King Arthur (Philidel)

    • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Nov 2015

    • L'elisir d'amore (Giannetta)

    • Opéra National de Paris

  • Sep-Oct 2015

    • Elektra (Magd)

    • Opernhaus Zürich



Jules massenet: werther

Werther: Juan Diego Flórez
Charlotte: Anna Stéphany
Sophie: Mélissa Petit
Albert: Audun Iversen
Le Bailli: Cheyne Davidson
Schmidt: Martin Zysset

Cornelius Meister, musical direction
Tatjana Gürbaca, stage director
Klaus Grünberg, light design
Silke Willrett, costume design
Claus Spahn, dramaturgy

Philharmonia Zürich
Kinderchor der Oper Zürich
Chor der Oper Zürich


Recorded at the Opernhaus Zürich,
April 2017

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Staatsoper hamburg podcast 2018

Geliebt, gelitten, gemordet: Auf der Opernbühne geht es um die ganz großen Emotionen. Getragen von Frauen - geschrieben von Männern, in Zeiten, in denen das Rollenverhältnis von Mann und Frau noch sehr konservativen Strukturen unterlag. Was kann Oper im Heute leisten? Was kann eine Sängerin jungen Frauen mitgeben? Wir haben im Podcast mit der Sopranistin und unserer „Marzelline“ Mélissa Petit und Melodie Michelberger über Feminismus, Schönheitsideale und die Repräsentation der Frau in der Oper, diskutiert.