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Simply Dazzling

"...Mela Dailey, soprano, simply enchanted, adding (her) golden touch to everything from Verdi's "La Traviata" to "Tonight" from "West Side Story"...Ms. Dailey owned the second half of the program. She was simply dazzling in "Si, mi chiamano Mimi" from "La Boheme"..."

Lana Sweeten-Shults, Times Record News,Wichita Falls, TX, February 15, 2009


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Power and Beauty

"...Soprano Mela Dailey had both power and beauty for her solo in Richard Jackson's "Rock My Soul."..."

David Mead, Austin American Statesman October 14, 2004


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Believe It

"... As she begins to sing, you become lost in the beauty of her voice. ...She combines her remarkable musicianship with a naturalness of movement that has you believing the stage is where she lives. No matter how many times you have heard the music, it is as though you are experiencing it for the first time. No matter how trivial or superficial the plot, you believe it..."

Karl Miller, reviewer for American Record Guide, Symphony Magazine, Musical America, and January 20, 2007



Communicative Gift

"... She possesses a lovely, bright, lyric voice which she uses intelligently and in a most musical way. Mela has a communicative gift as well which allows her to touch her audience quite directly. Whether in staged opera, lieder, popular ballads or sacred music, Mela finds just the right style to bring life and beauty to the music at hand..."

Robert White, tenor Juilliard Voice Faculty January 21, 2007


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Spokane Symphony Orchestra

Headshot of Mela DaileyLyric soprano Mela Dailey displayed an exceptionally lovely voice in the ubiquitous "O mio babbino caro," from Giacomo Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi." The voice is pure and well-supported, reminiscent of Anna Moffo.

Dailey also showed great dramatic versatility, moving from the tender pathos of Mimi in selections from Puccini's "La Boheme," and the clowning sexiness she assumed in Musetta's "Waltz" ("Quando m'en vo") from that same opera, to Gilda's horror in witnessing the cynicism and lechery of her lover in Giuseppe Verdi's masterful "Quartet" from "Rigoletto."

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Debut CD Release

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I am ecstatic that my debut CD with cellist Scott Kluksdahl entitled Shelter will be released on the Pierian label and distributed internationally by Naxos in the Winter of 2011and will be available for purchase at and iTunes. Shelter will be available for streaming at the Naxos Music Library and Spotify. Also available for download at

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