American baritone Robert Mellon (Malatesta) was acclaimed by Opera News for having “excellent comic timing,” and a “domineering baritone, gleaming like polished copper.” In 2020-21 he debuts the roles of Schaunard in La bohème with San Diego Opera; Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Opera Las Vegas; Figaro in Il barbieri di Siviglia with Union Avenue Opera; and Marcello in La bohème and Gubetta in Lucrezia Borgia with Opera de Oviedo.
The 2019-20 season included company debuts with Opera de Oviedo as Simone in Eine Florentinische Tragödie and Tonio in Pagliacci; the title role in Gianni Schicchi and Simone in Eine Florentinische Tragödie with Livermore Valley Opera, about which the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Baritone Robert Mellon was both the musical star of the performance and its dramatic vertex…with a steely vocal edge that never interfered with the beauty and flexibility of his singing.” Mr. Mellon reprised the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Maine and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Syracuse Opera.
In 2018-19 he performed in the world premiere of Dear Erich with New York City Opera and as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Syracuse Opera. He also sang Bernardo in West Side Story with Shreveport Opera. He has performed leading roles with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The National Sawdust Festival, and the Peoria Symphony, and was a guest artist with Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers University. Other roles include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, the title role in Falstaff, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, and Macbeth in the U.S. premiere of Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth. Concert work includes the Mozart and Duruflé Requiems, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bach’s Magnificat, and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.