Sunnyi Melles 2017-02-25T23:54:40+00:00


Sunnyi Melles is a Swiss citizen with Hungarian roots. She was born in Luxembourg to the actress Judith Melles-Rohonczy and the Hungarian conductor Carl Melles. 

At the age of 10 she performed in H. Hollmann’s “Die letzten Tage der Menschheit” by Karl Kraus at the City Theater Basel and sang the Waldelfe in Verdi’s H. Hollmann “Falstaff”. At the age of 14 she was cast alongside Max von Sydow in her first international film Fred Haines Hesse’s “Der Steppenwolf” (Rosa)

She studied at “Otto-Falkenberg-Schule” in Munich and became part of the ensemble of the “Münchner Kammerspiele” while still at drama school performing in multiple programs including Goethe’s D. Dorn “Faust” (Gretchen), Shakespeare’s D. Dorn “Troilus and Cressida” (Cressida), T. Langhoff Lessing’s “Emilia Galotti” (Emilia) and A.  Lang Schiller’s “Don Carlos” (Queen Elizabeth), P. Zadek Ibsen’s “Wenn wir Toten erwachen” (Maja)

Later at the Bavarian State Theatre “Münchner Staatsschauspiel” Sunnyi Melles performed in D. Dorn Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” (Annette), D. Dorn Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” (Isabelle) and B. Frey Tschechow’s Onkel Wanja” (Jelena). While at the Schauspielhaus Zurich she performed in H. Hartmann Thomas Bernhard’s “Immanuel Kant” (Millionärin).



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She has received the The Bavarian Order of Merit, the prize of the German Director’s Association and the Chaplin Shoe for Best Actress .

Sunnyi Melles is a member of the German Film Academy, the
Austrian Film Academy and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.


Sunnyi Melles has won ‘Best Actress of the Year’ twice by the Theater Today critics award. (Theater Heute) She has also won ‘Best Actress’ by Austria’s top theatre acting award the Nestroy. In addition she has been nominated twice as ‘Most popular actress’ in the ROMY Award. Taking on the responsibility of Gustaf and Martin Benrath, she is the bearer of the “Satyr buttons”, which is the Goethe’s Tunic Award for the most important actress of the day.

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Other significant engagements: Salzburg Festival – G. Friedel Hofmannsthal’s “Jedermann” (Buhlschaft), M. Hartmann Racine’s “Phaedra” (Phaedra), B. Frey Öden von Horvath‘s “Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald” (Valerie), G. Tabori Mozart’s “Bäsle letters” (Bäsle). These were also performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna in addition to H. Lieztau Shakespeare’s “Othello” (Desdemona), J. Bosse Thomas Bernhard’s “Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige” (opera singer Queen of the Night) and M. Hartmann Woody Allen’s “A midnight summer sex comedy” (Ariel).

Sunnyi Melles has starred in many cinematic and made for TV films. These would include:
W. Glück “38, auch das war Wien” (Austrian Oscar nomination), Ch. Schaub “Guilas Verschwinden” (Audience Award Film Festival Locarno), Short Film Adrian von der Borch “Der Junge der die Liebe suchte” (Working Title) (Mother) HFF – Film Academy, Munich

  1. Doriee “Paradis”, L. Randl “Die Erfindung der Liebe”, 
Z. Paul “Unter Strom”, H. Dietl Dietl “Zettl”, D. Buck “Vermessung der Welt”, 
  2. Lefebvre “Cinéma, de les pianos Berlin” (with Alain Delon), “Maigret” (with Bruno Cremer), Uli Edel “Adlon” (3-episode mini-series family saga, Kathrine Windfeld “The Team” (8-episode mini-series International Europa, David Schalko “Altes Geld” (8-episode mini-series,) Austria
W. Henschel “Der Bulle von Tolz” (the nun), a network detective series.

She was also the voice of Sophie in the animated film 
Hayao Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle”.

Sunnyi Melles danced the role of Lady Capulet in a production of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the Bavarian State Ballet Munich “Münchner Staatsopernballett” on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the premiere of John Cranko’s choreography.

Concert Narrator
Sunny Melles has taken on the role of narrator at many classical concerts across Europe with major orchestras:

Sunnyi Melles narrated the scenic premiere 2014 and 2018 of Arnold Schoenberg’s “Gurrelieder”, directed by Pierre Audi and conducted by Marc Albrecht at the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam.

Arnold Schönberg “Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte” conducted by Teodor Currentzis and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the International Beethoven festival in Bonn 2016 at Beethovenhalle

Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” (She was the voice-over for all other characters in Peer’s life at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Edvard Grieg’s „Peer Gynt“). Conductor: Marc Minkowski conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra at Philharmonie Kassel and Philahrmonie Köln at the Opera in Graz

Vienna Konzerthaus
Arnold Schönberg’s “Gurre- Lieder”, conductor: Kent Nagano, Wiener Symphoniker

Opéra Nice Schönberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw” (Narrator), and „Transfigured Night” (Dehmel poem); conductor: Philippe Auguin.

Vienna Festival “Wiener Festwochen”
“Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte” by Arnold Schoenberg. 

Gewandhaus Leipzig
 “Le Martyre de saint Sébastien” by Claude Debussy; conductor: James Gaffigan, MDR Sinfonieorchester MDR Radio Choir.

Narrator for children’s concerts
Francis Poulenc: »Barbar le petit éléphant«
Sergej Prokofjew: »Peter und der Wolf«
Camille Saint-Saëns: »Le carneval des animaux« Tristan Schulze: Uraufführung »Pauls Reise« (CD and Book)



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