Amanda Forsythe


Amanda Forsythe has been praised by Opera News for her "light and luster", "wonderful agility and silvery top notes". She has been a winner of the George London Foundation Awards, and was recently sponsored by them in her New York recital début. She has also received prizes from the Liederkranz Foundation and the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation.

In August 2007, Ms. Forsythe made her European début, singing Corinna in “Il Viaggio a Reims” at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro. According to The Stage (UK), “Amanda Forsythe, the outstanding Corinna, [was] technically in command of the role - she delivered All’ombra ammena flawlessly with every run in place, the legato lines seamless, the vocal line expressively shaped in support of the text. It was perfection.”

In November 2007, she will make her début at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Dalinda in Handel’s “Ariodante”, performing alongside Joyce DiDonato and Patricia Petibon. Kenneth Montgomery conducts the new production, directed by Pierre Strosser.

Ms. Forsythe can be heard as Minerve and La Grande Prestresse on The Boston Early Music Festival’s premiere recording of Lully’s “Thésée” on the German CPO label. She made her onstage début with the company as Aglaure in their June 2007 production of Lully’s “Psyché”, and will be featured on the premiere recording of that work. As part of the festival, she also sang the Pergolesi “Marian Vespers” and the role of Pallas in Eccles’ “The Judgement of Paris”.

Ms. Forsythe recently débuted with Opera Unlimited as The Angel in the North American premiere of Peter Eötvös’ opera, “Angels in America”, a performance that the critics hailed as “powerfully sung” (The New York Times), “Amanda Forsythe’s voice soared tirelessly aloft” (The Boston Globe), “Amanda Forsythe sang gorgeously as the Angel” (Musical America).

Ms. Forsythe created the role of Young Margarita in Osvaldo Golijov's “Ainadamar”, and was praised for her “raw passion” (The LA Times), “sparkling clarity” (The Financial Times), and “crystalline, finely expressive voice” (The New Yorker). She also covered Dawn Upshaw as Margarita, and sang one performance in that role. She later reprised the role of Young Margarita with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall.

With Boston Baroque, under the direction of Martin Pearlman, Ms. Forsythe has appeared in Mozart’s “Bastien und Bastienne”, Handel’s “Alcina”, Pergolesi’s “La Serva Padrona”, Bach’s “Coffee Cantata”, Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen”, and Vivaldi’s “Juditha triumphans”. She has sung the title role in Viardot’s “Cendrillon” at the Caramoor Festival, and has performed in recital at the prestigious Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals. She has performed Mozart’s “Mass in C Minor” with The Handel and Haydn Society, The Masterworks Chorale, The Pioneer Valley Symphony, and The Akron Symphony, and Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with The Rhode Island Philharmonic and The Omaha Symphony. In 2006, she sang Handel’s “Messiah” with The Charlotte Symphony and Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra.

Upcoming projects include appearances with Opera Boston, The Hartford Symphony, The Louisiana Philharmonic, Apollo’s Fire, The Charlotte Symphony, Boston Baroque, The Boston Chamber Music Society, as well as recording projects with Trinity Choir Wall Street, “Il Furioso”, and the composers Ken Sullivan and Tod Machover.