A native of Chicago, mezzo-soprano Melissa Treinkman sang in the Featured Ensemble for GRAMMY award winning production of The Ghosts of Versailles and played the role of the Vendor in Carmen, both at LA Opera. In January of 2019, Melissa performed the role of Dulcinea in the world premiere of Juan Colomer's opera Dulcinea XL. She also was a part of the world premiere of the dance opera, Beyond the Waterfront, produced by the Heidi Duckler Dance Theater and LA Opera. Melissa performed the role of Clytemnestra in a concert version of The Intuition of Iphegenia by Nathan Wang. She was also seen as Tisbe in La Cenerentola with the Sarasota Opera. Melissa has been a Resident Artist with Utah Opera where she performed the role of Mercédès in Carmen and Suor Infermiera in Suor Angelica. Another recent highlight was her performance of Melousine in the American premiere of Lehar’s operetta Cloclo with the Chicago Folks Operetta. Melissa has also been a Young Artist with Sarasota Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera North, and Cedar Rapids Opera. Melissa is a regular singer with the LA Opera Outreach Program and the LA Opera chorus. Her scholarly articles have been published in the prestigious Journal of Singing and she will be presenting her research at the National Association of Teachers of Singing 2020 National Conference. Melissa has also given workshops on the speaking voice to CEOs from around the world. Melissa received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University. She won a fellowship to participate in the 2019 NATS Intern Program, the premiere voice teacher training program in the US.