Who says you can't do it all?
Soprano, Published Author, Doctor of Music, Marathoner, and Dog Rescuer Malinda Haslett has been declared “Brilliant!” by Le Soir and an “unalloyed delight” by Opera News. Dr. Haslett has performed opera’s most noted and beloved heroines throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States.
The 2017-18 season marked Ms. Haslett's return to Guadalajara, Mexico in her recital debut with members of the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Guadalajara, followed by recitals in Knoxville, TN and Portland, ME. Revisiting the role of Elle in La Voix humaine, she performs Poulenc's tragic heroine in Baltimore and California. Ms. Haslett is also spending quite a bit of time this season in Paris, France, where is she is a Fulbright semi-finalist, studying the works of little known female composer: Claude Arrieu.
2016-17 marked Ms. Haslett's East African debut with Daraja Music Iniative. This, the fourth continent on which Malinda has performed, saw Ms. Haslett mix her philanthropic and professional interests. While in Tanzania, she not only performed, but taught music at Korongoni Primary School. Ms. Haslett continued her collaboration with Silicon Valley Music Festival, performing Songs My Mother Taught Me: A Collection of All American Music. Further engagements include recitals in California, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
With over 30 roles performed, Ms. Haslett continues to debut new roles and concert repertoire. Recently, Ms. Haslett was heard as Angelica in Handel’s Orlando, followed by Bach’s Cantata 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. In the New York premiere of the recently discovered works of Debussy: Quatre nouvelle melodies, Ms. Haslett peformed with Debussy Scholar Joceyln Ho.
A proponant of 19th and 20th Century French, repertoire, Ms. Haslett recently performed the notoriously difficult Elle in Poulenc’s one act monodrama La Voix humaine, followed by appearances with the Silicon Valley Music Festival singing Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre and Eric Ewazen's Seaskye Songs solo appearances in South Korea with Gungpo International Voice Competition. She debuted with Trilogy: An Opera Company in new opera entitled The Mask in the Mirro, and continued to concertize in Marylad, Minnesota and Texas.
In her signature role included her Parisian debut as Violetta during which she was proclaimed by Le Soir as “…one of elegance, grandeur and refined power. Brilliant, Mademoiselle Haslett misses not even a drop of emotion to perfect each tableau.” Further European performances of the role have taken place in Brussels and Liege, and in the US, she has sung the role at the Chautauqua Opera Festival in New York and under the baton of the legendary Maestro Anton Coppola in Waterford, Connecticut.
Additional international performances include her Berlin debut at the famed Konzerthaus in the German premiere of Ethel Smyth’s Prison. Singing the role of The Soul with the Berliner Cappella, Ms. Haslett jumped in on two days notice, performing for a sold out audience. She has sung Nannetta in Falstaff, both with the Le Grand Théâtre de Limoges and the Le Grand Théâtre d Reims. She has sung Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Micaëla in Carmen with the Festival Lyrique-en-mer and in Italy, Ms. Haslett won the competitions Concorso Internazionale di Tito Schipa and t Concorso Internazionale di Roma. With the Quintessence Chamber Ensemble, Ms. Haslett has sung throughout the Baltic region of Asia, Turkey, Estonia, Russia, Norway and Sweden. In Canada, Ms. Haslett has sung with the Calgary Symphony, and in Mexico she made her debut with Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Ópera de Zapopan.
In the United States, Ms. Haslett’s portrayal as Pamina was reviewed by Opera News as having been sung “with such meltingly limpid phrases that the audience held its collective breath.” She won Artist of the Year for the role with Syracuse Opera and twice performed the role with Opera Company Brooklyn. Other title and leading role appearances have heard Ms. Haslett with Nashville Opera in the world premiere of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s long awaited work Elmer Gantry and reprising her role as Lulu with Great Performances at Montclair. As Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, she has performed with Utah Symphony and Opera, Nashville Opera and Opera Columbus. As Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, she has sung with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Opera, and The West Virginia Symphony. Having appeared as both heroines in La Bohème, she has sung Musetta with West Bay Opera and Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and Mimí at the Altamura Center for the Arts. She has twice appeared with the Fort Worth Opera as Norina in Don Pasquale and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, twice with Sarasota Opera as Nannetta in Falstaff and Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles, twice with Virginia Opera as Valencienne in Die Lustige Witwe and Berta in Il barbiere di siviglia with the Virginia Opera. Further performances have included Marie in La fille du Régiment with the Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera with the Atlanta Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Augusta Opera, and Zerlina with Opera Carolina.
Ms. Haslett made her Lincoln Center debut in concert with The American Symphony Orchestra as Bangsa and Erste Mädchen in Hindemith’s Das Nusch-Nuschi. Other concert and guest appearances have heard Ms. Haslett with The Seattle Symphony, Portland Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Pittsburgh Bach Choir, Santa Barbara Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Ocean City Pops, Savannah Symphonietta, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Bar Harbor Music Festival, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Artist Recital Series, and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Haslett also served as co-guests of honor with now President Obama for the largest campaign drive in history with the American Cancer Society.Ms. Haslett has been under the direction of such notable conductors and directors as Kerstin Benke, Sandra Bernhard, Richard Bradshaw, Leon Botstein, David Briskin, Bill Boggs, Ken Cazan, Grant Cooper, Anton Coppola, John Di Costanzo, Jack Everly, William Florescu, Arthur Fagen, Ward Holmquist, John Hoomes, Robert Hossein, Philippe Hui, Karen Keltner, Mark Lamos, Stefan Lano, Eric Lederhandler, Jay Lessenger, David Lévi, Timothy Lindberg, Robert, Lyall, Dottie Danner, Mark Flint, Joe Illick, David Gately, Richard McKee, James Meena, Nicolette Molnár, Scott Perry, Fred Scott, Manon Savary, Henri-Jean Servat, Jerry Shannon, Adriano Sinivia, Bernard Uzan, Philip Walsh and Dean Williamson.
Ms. Haslett is a recipient of the prestigious Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. She earned her Doctor of Music in Arts at Stony Brook University and has held positions at Stony Brook University, University of Pennsylvania and Towson University. Her discography includes Father And Son and Hymns to the Goddess, both with Parthenia XII and A Tribute to Diana, all on the Vox Label. As the title character on Nicole, The Trial of the Century, by Grammy nominated composer Anthony Newman, she may be heard on the Albany Label, and as well as with Pops legend Jack Everly, on A Yuletide Celebration.