A strong proponent of contemporary music, New York City based soprano, Melissa Lubars, celebrates new musical projects and collaborates with other artists to create her own multifaceted music. Melissa and Matt recently recorded an EP of all original songs that they co-wrote together. Melissa’s most recent operatic roles include Emmie in Albert Herring and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. She has studied scenes from Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, Die Entfuring aus dem serail, and Black Widow. Melissa has performed with the Delaware Valley Opera Company in the choruses of La Sonnambula, Madama Butterfly, and Carmen. She has performed at many prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and St. John the Divine in New York City. Additionally, Melissa was the Second Place winner of the New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s National Opera Competition.
Melissa has been sought after as a liturgical singer and sings both for Sunday church services and Jewish High Holidays in the Greater New York Area. Melissa has worked with NYU Tisch students to create musical theater outreach shows, such as The Wizard of Oz, for children in New York. Melissa also sings professionally at weddings and other social events. Currently, she has a private voice studio consisting of singers of all ages. Passionate about expression, diction, and technique Melissa aims to inspire others to reach their highest potential and musical goals. Melissa received her Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music.
Matt has been playing piano since the age of four and comes from a very musical background. Both of Matt’s parents are full time music teachers, and Matt is the oldest of six children. He has had the opportunity to learn from many great musicians throughout New York and has studied under Jeremy Manasia and Stefon Harris of the Manhattan School of Music. Matt has performed at many prestigious venues in the United States, as well as across Europe and Brazil. Some of the United States venues include the Grammy Awards, Capitol Records Studios and Carnegie Hall. Matt has also toured in Germany, France, Austria, and Brazil. He has been teaching private lessons as well as group instruction to all ages for 10 years. Matt and Melissa recently recorded an EP consisting of music they co-wrote together. Matt has received his Masters and Bachelors Degrees of Music for Jazz Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, NY.
“Art is the most powerful way in which human beings can connect to each other to find common ground. It is important that new generations have an opportunity to experience the significance of music and art in this world.” -Matt Malanowksi