Melissa Gerstein has gained considerable notice in the New York City music scene. Her background includes training and performance at the American Singers’ Opera Project in New York City, Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice in France, University of Miami’s Summer in Salzburg and the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Italy. Ms Gerstein has also performed with such opera groups as the Dell’arte Opera Ensemble, the Little Opera Company of New York, Amato Opera, Chelsea Opera, and One World Symphony Orchestra. When she performed the role of Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with the famed Amato Opera company, a New York Sun review stated: “Melissa Gerstein was a versatile Dorabella, putting her all in to ‘Smanie implacabili,’ an aria just a little too tragic for us not to hear the cackle of Mozart in the background.” A few of her operatic credits include, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Siebel in Roméo et Juliette, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Auntie in Peter Grimes and Bianca in Rape of Lucretia. The past several years, Ms. Gerstein has been specializing in public relations, marketing and artistic administration. She serves as the Public Relations and Marketing Director for the Art Song Preservation Society, a company where she helps produce concerts, masterclasses and special events. In addition to her work in public programming at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Underworld Productions Opera Company is also the Public Relations director for her own group, the Voices of Women quartet, along with Ms. Eiel and Ms. Hart, which performs throughout New York City. Previously she served as the Publicity Director on the Amore Opera Board of Directors. She is performing the role of Eustazio in Rinaldo with the New York Opera Forum this coming November. Ms. Gerstein resides in New York.