Melanie Lançon is Principal Flute of Central City Opera and performs as a freelance flutist in Southern California. She recently held the position of Acting 2nd Flute in Utah Symphony|Utah Opera, and was previously a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, where she worked closely with Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas. He described her as a “beguiling player…full of spontaneity”, and she has been praised for her “dazzling performances, infused with depth of both technique and interpretation” by South Florida Classical Review.
Melanie served as Guest Principal Flute with Seattle Symphony Orchestra for the 2013-14 season, where she performed Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloe under Music Director Ludovic Morlot during the League of American Orchestras National Conference. Additionally, she recorded Dutilleux’s Symphony No. 2 “Le double”, with the orchestra, and was noted in Memeteria for her “beautiful playing of the arresting improvisatory flute passage” in the North American premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s Violin Concerto with Renaud Capuçon as soloist.
Having secured her first orchestral position at the age of 23 as Principal Flute of the Baton Rouge Symphony, she has since performed with several ensembles across the country, including the Pacific Symphony, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Grand Opera/Ballet, National Repertory Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and has shared the stage with celebrated artists Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham. In addition, she has worked with renowned composers John Adams and John Williams on a number of occasions.
Melanie has been a key performer on numerous broadcasts and recordings. She is featured in Peter Shickele’s 2006 video production P.D.Q. Bach in Houston: We Have a Problem! and as solo flutist in the film “Domus”, which accompanies designer John Saladino’s book featuring his Santa Barbara home, Villa. She was highlighted on CBS Miami in 2012, and can be heard on recordings with Seattle and Utah Symphony Orchestras.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Melanie received her Master’s degree from Rice University and earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors from Northwestern University, where she won the 2002 Concerto Competition. She credits her musical journey and influence to her principal teachers – Timothy Day, Walfrid Kujala, and Leone Buyse.