Melissa Givens


American soprano Melissa Givens moves and excites audiences and critics alike with a rich, powerful tone, crystalline clarity, and intelligent musical interpretations. Especially noted for her expressiveness and elegance on the stage, she’s been hailed as a singer whose music making is “consistently rewarding” and “a pleasure to hear.” Givens is also an extremely versatile artist, regularly performing repertoire from the Baroque era through music of the 21st century.


Recent performances include George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children, the premiere of Die Schöne Mullerin Report, by Tom Flaherty (both with Pomona College faculty and guest artists), Mahler’s Symphony #4 (chamber version) with the Greenbriar Consortium, and True Witness (Goble) with the Claremont Colleges Joint Music Program. Upcoming events include a joint recital with baritone Timothy Jones.


An Assistant Professor at Pomona College, Givens remains in demand on concert series throughout the United States and abroad, and counts Grammy© winning Conspirare: A Company of Voices as a frequent collaborator. Her solo appearances on their major label releases have received enthusiastic reviews. She can also be heard on her solo CD, let the rain kiss you.