Praised for her "passion and charm" (Now Magazine) and “sweet voice delivery” (Toronto Star), soprano Melanie Conly is acclaimed for her distinctive voice and musical understanding. She originally trained in musical theatre and later classically, cultivating a diverse skillset serving her wide range of work.
An experienced chamber musician and recitalist, she often solos with orchestras and choirs and is frequently sought out for her compelling performances of new music. Ms. Conly has performed on many series such as Toronto’s Talisker Players Chamber Music and Syrinx Series, and Vancouver’s Music in the Morning. Festival engagements include the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and Sweet Water Music Weekend in Owen Sound. She also creates and performs unique themed concerts presenting a wide range of musical styles with dramatic flare, and in the 2017 winter season was chosen to attend the Banff Arts Centre to develop a project in the residency “Concert in the 21st Century”.Her discography features a performance of Ashes of Soldiers by Toronto’s Colin Eatock, released by the Canadian Music Centre.
Alongside performing Ms. Conly maintains a voice and piano studio in Toronto. In 2012, and again in 2018/19 she was a singer for Frederick Harris Music for the recordings of the repertoire for the Royal Conservatory Vocal Series. In the summer of 2019 she was a presenter and adjudicator at the Royal Conservatory of Music Summit in Toronto, and in 2020 was invited to become a member of the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners. As a clinician with local choirs she has led a wide selection of sessions on topics including coloratura, expressive text and warming up the whole person. She is a certified yoga instructor for children and adults, and is currently cultivating workshops that explore tools for performance, creativity, and life; a synthesis of her passions as a teacher, performer, yogi, and meditation practitioner.
She lives in Toronto with her partner and enjoys having baking adventures with children.