Tara Melvin

Tara Melvin

  Dr. Tara A. Melvin is the director of community partnerships and education for New Orleans Opera. She is an accomplished soprano with extensive worldwide experience in operatic and art song repertoire as well as a passionate educator and researcher who has taught privately for over 10 years. She has held masterclasses in universities across the South, including week-long artist-in-residence stints that highlighted the interpretation of songs and operatic works of composers of African descent. Dr. Melvin holds a bachelor’s in classical voice from the University of New Orleans, a master’s in vocal performance and pedagogy from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a doctorate in musical arts from Texas Tech University.

Rainelle Krause: Setting Up a Life You Love

Coloratura Rainelle Krause shares her experience of her early years as a singer while building her career. She is forthcoming about her breaking point and finding a marketable authenticity in her art—and how aerial work helped her balance, literally and figuratively, her career as a singer.

The Importance of Storytelling

The stories we are told are the stories we tell ourselves. In this intimate article, Dr. Tara Melvin examines how these narratives shape our perception of success, moving forward, and creating more stories, both personally and professionally.