Malinda Dix-Hunt

dramatic soprano

Biography

Malinda Dix-Hunt is a native Kentuckian.  She comes from a  very large family, extraordinarily gifted in the arts.  Malinda studied piano privately through her early years; accompanying her high-school choir and orchestra on both piano and harpsichord; to playing solo piano repertory in a Bach Festival at The Catholic University of America.  It wasn’t until she had built a life for herself in Washington DC, that her voice was noticed and she was encouraged to sing!  Ms. Dix-Hunt possesses a four-octave range of extraordinary versatility.  A quick and powerful spinto, she describes her voice as “dramatic!”  Since resuming music studies, she has studied voice and stagecraft with some of the best in the business: Martina Arroyo, Jean Carter, Richard Crittenden and the peerless voice master, Todd Duncan who said of her … “An exceedingly great talent born to sing!”     

Malinda was awarded scholarships of merit from the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Scholarship Society and The Catholic University of America (CUA) to study voice performance at CUA.  During those five years she sang: an oratorio lead and opera leads in two fully staged productions with orchestra, a cover in The Summer Opera Theatre Company, a solo in a one-act opera written for her by a composition major (fully staged with chamber orchestra), a solo in the world premiere of an oratorio written for Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and Convent, a part-time church job and in the Washington National Opera Chorus and produced her own recital programs … one involving a 27 piece orchestra!  Additionally, she has had her poetry set to music by two composers and continues to support the works of contemporary American composers such as Waundell Saavedra by singing and programming their works.

Ms. Dix-Hunt has performed such leading roles as Leonora from the opera “Il Trovatore,” Cio-cio-san from “Madama Butterfly,” the title role of “Suor Angelica” and La Contessa Almaviva from “Le nozze di Figaro.”  Joseph McLellan, Sr. Music Critic Emeritus, The Washington Post, said of her Cio-cio-san, “Her voice was lovely and expressive and she knew how to act with it.”   Internationally, Malinda has enlivened the stages of Spoleto (Italy), Karlovy Vary and Kromeriz (Czech Republic), Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo (Japan) ... she traveled as an ensemble member with Washington National Opera’s (WNO) Japan Tour 2002. Ms. Dix-Hunt sang a showcase solo for WNO Chorus in their production of “Porgy and Bess,” at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, November, 2005.  The performance was simulcast live on the National Mall in Washington DC, November 6, webcast and broadcasted live on NPR.org and WETA-FM radio November 12, 2005 to twenty-three countries around the world. Future engagements include the title role of Aida in "Aida Scenes," a concert with The Aria Club of Greater Washington DC, appearances in WNO's 2008/2009 productions and her solo voice recital, February 2009, date TBA.