Melissa Zapin

The press has hailed her as “…a star of tomorrow, today.” They’ve said “…when she sings, all she has to do is open her mouth and the notes spill out sweetly and effortlessly.” On Live with Regis and Kelly, Regis Philbin called her “…a beautiful operatic singer. Boy oh boy is she great! She’s really amazing!”

Melissa Zapin started as a soprano in Honolulu, Hawaii, where an unforgettable rendition of Je Veux Vivre from Romeo et Juliet won her the title of Miss Hawaii and a trip to the famed Miss America stage. There she secured not only wins in the talent and swimsuit competitions, but a top ten finish.

Despite not having any formal training in the vocal arts at the time, she earned a first place win in the NSAL Opera Competition, propelling her to a finalist finish against seasoned performers in the Nationals.  Her performances as Christine in Phantom of the Opera and Cinderella in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, both earned her Po’okela awards for Best Female Performer in a Musical. She went on to a regular role as featured guest artist with the Hawaii Opera Theater.

After receiving the Hungarian Arts Music Festival Award, Ms. Zapin guest-starred with Metropolitan Opera Tenor Marcello Giordani in a series of concerts appearing at the Fresno Grand Opera House, Dayton Ohio Opera Star Gala and the Crested Butte Music Festival.

Recent performances include La Contessa in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello at Vero Beach Opera; and featured solos in Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Consessore and John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, both at Carnegie Hall.

She has also appeared in concerts on tour throughout the United States, Mexico and the Bahamas; as Musetta in La bohème with both the Savannah Children’s Choir and at Traverse City Wine Festival; and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Opera Guadalajara.

Ms. Zapin has also enjoyed an active and diverse career as an in-demand voiceover artist and actress, appearing on television in hit shows such as Sex in the City and Elementary with Lucy Liu.

PHILANTHROPY

Ms. Zapin is an ardent supporter of New York Sun Works’ Greenhouse Project -- a non-profit organization building innovative science labs in urban schools -- where she is an active member of the board of directors.

She also passionately supports additional youth organizations such as The Actors FundSavannah Children’s Choir, The Valerie FundDiamond Head Theatre, and the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant.