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critical acclaim


Concert of the year?…The prize for the year’s most inventive–indeed, provocative–classical concert goes to the one presented Thursday night in the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Soundings series.

-Scott Cantrell, Dallas News


…provocative, even erotic…elegantly sung, with incandescent tone…

-Scott Cantrell, Dallas News


[Henley Heyn] concentrated on capturing exquisite intricacies of sonorities…giving the impression of whispering truisms in each listener’s ears.

-Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times


Heyn, a formidable soprano and actress, commanded the runaway emotional rollercoaster ridden by Mahler’s (here librettist) unrequited lover. She ranged, fiercely untrammeled, not a whit arch or reserved, through her sharply jaundiced vision of birds and flowers, ironic dialogue with cheery finch and bright bluebell; weathered a knife deep in her breast at the mere thought of blue eyes and blond locks; and, under a blossoming linden tree, let us all relive youth’s inevitable reprieve and resurrection.

-Fred Bouchard, Boston Musical Intelligencer


…performed, while hidden by a screen, with a luxuriantly gorgeous tone and expressive quality by soprano Melanie Henley Heyn…

-Wayne Lee Gray, Theater Jones


Angelica was sung and acted brilliantly by Melanie Henley Heyn,
whose radiant soprano shimmered with celestial light.

-Nino Pantano, Brooklyn Daily Eagle


“Eine Gräfin aus dem Bilderbuch…”
A Countess out of a picture book…

– Sieglinde Pfabigan, Der neue Merker


“Wäre ich Intendant/in, würde ich…als nächstes die Gräfin [engagieren].”
If I were Intendant, I would engage the Countess next.

– Sieglinde Pfabigan, Der neue Merker


“Sie sangen und spielten Mozart. Nichts sonst.
Als wär’s das Selbstverständlichste der Welt.”
They sang and performed Mozart. Nothing else.
As if it were the most self-evident act in the world.

– Sieglinde Pfabigan, Der neue Merker


“Die zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen hätten klarer nicht herausgearbeitet sein können.”
The relationships between the characters couldn’t have been more clearly portrayed.

– Sieglinde Pfabigan, Der neue Merker


“…schönstimmige Gräfin der Melanie Henley Heyn…[die] gute Bogen formte.”
…the beautifully sung Countess of Melanie Henley Heyn, who sang with excellent line.

– Sieglinde Pfabigan, Der neue Merker


“Die Tove sang Melanie Henley Heyn…Sie gefiel mir am besten, weil sie das meiste aus ihrer Rolle machen konnte und auch das Herz anrührte.”
Melanie Henley Heyn sang Tove. I liked her the best because she made the most out of her role and also touched the heart.

– Hans Peter Nowak, Der neue Merker


A young dramatic soprano to watch.

– Hilde Zadek, Internationaler Hilde Zadek Gesangswettbewerb



Hailed as a “young dramatic soprano to watch,” Melanie Henley Heyn is known for her rich voice and arresting performances.

Audio Clips

Poèmes pour Mi: Le Collier 

Poèmes pour Mi: Prière exaucée 

Olivier Messiaen
Natalia Katyukova, Piano
Ravinia Festival