Teaching teens to sing opera!
I have long believed that classical voice study is the key to vocal health and development for singers in any genre. To that end, I've dedicated myself to bringing teen voice students into classical voice study, mainly through my teen Opera Workshop program, based in both Easthampton and South Hadley.
Melinda Beasi spent the first eighteen years of her life learning about music and theater from her parents, Bob and Jan Klump, after which she continued her studies at at Carnegie-Mellon University where she earned a degree in vocal performance. She has performed at Pittsburgh’s Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, the Goodspeed Opera House, the Papermill Playhouse, the Olney Theater Center, and New York’s City Center among many others.
Melinda toured as Sophie in the First National Tour of Terrence McNally’s Master Class starring Faye Dunaway and as Kathy in The Night Kitchen’s Really Rosie, designed and directed by author Maurice Sendak. Other credits include Sweeney Todd with George Hearn and Judy Kaye, Strike Up the Band with Emily Loesser, Jason Danieley, and Kristin Chenoweth, and One Touch of Venus with Melissa Errico, David Alan Grier, and Jane Krakowski. In 2002, Melinda released an album of her original songs, Dorrie’s True Story. She has also appeared on albums by singer-songwriter Meghan Cary and rocker Tommy Grasso, and was an original member of alternative rock band The Steve Friday Band. Melinda’s experience also extends to casting, most recently for local children’s touring theater company FoodPlay Productions, where she was Managing Director from 2007-2013. In the summer of 2014, Melinda directed Act Too Studio’s first formal production, Goblin Market. She is also the founder and director of Act Too Studio’s teen Opera Workshop, which presented its first fully-staged opera, Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium, in August 2015 in her home city of Easthampton.