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 dÃ©but. She has also received prizes from the Liederkranz Foundation and the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation.
In August 2007, Ms. Forsythe made her European dÃ©but, singing Corinna in â€œIl Viaggio a Reimsâ€ at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro. According to The Stage (UK), â€œAmanda Forsythe, the outstanding Corinna, [was] technically in command of the role - she delivered Allâ€™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.â€
In November 2007, she will make her dÃ©but at the Grand ThÃ©Ã¢tre de GenÃ¨ve as Dalinda in Handelâ€™s â€œAriodanteâ€, 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 Festivalâ€™s premiere recording of Lullyâ€™s â€œThÃ©sÃ©eâ€ on the German CPO label. She made her onstage dÃ©but with the company as Aglaure in their June 2007 production of Lullyâ€™s â€œPsychÃ©â€, and will be featured on the premiere recording of that work. As part of the festival, she also sang the Pergolesi â€œMarian Vespersâ€ and the role of Pallas in Ecclesâ€™ â€œThe Judgement of Parisâ€.
Ms. Forsythe recently dÃ©buted with Opera Unlimited as The Angel in the North American premiere of Peter EÃ¶tvÃ¶sâ€™ opera, â€œAngels in Americaâ€, a performance that the critics hailed as â€œpowerfully sungâ€ (The New York Times), â€œAmanda Forsytheâ€™s voice soared tirelessly aloftâ€ (The Boston Globe), â€œAmanda Forsythe sang gorgeously as the Angelâ€ (Musical America).
Ms. Forsythe created the role of Young Margarita in Osvaldo Golijov's â€œAinadamarâ€, and was praised for her â€œraw passionâ€ (The LA Times), â€œsparkling clarityâ€ (The Financial Times), and â€œcrystalline, finely expressive voiceâ€ (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 Mozartâ€™s â€œBastien und Bastienneâ€, Handelâ€™s â€œAlcinaâ€, Pergolesiâ€™s â€œLa Serva Padronaâ€, Bachâ€™s â€œCoffee Cantataâ€, Purcellâ€™s â€œThe Fairy Queenâ€, and Vivaldiâ€™s â€œJuditha triumphansâ€. She has sung the title role in Viardotâ€™s â€œCendrillonâ€ at the Caramoor Festival, and has performed in recital at the prestigious Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals. She has performed Mozartâ€™s â€œMass in C Minorâ€ with The Handel and Haydn Society, The Masterworks Chorale, The Pioneer Valley Symphony, and The Akron Symphony, and Orffâ€™s â€œCarmina Buranaâ€ with The Rhode Island Philharmonic and The Omaha Symphony. In 2006, she sang Handelâ€™s â€œMessiahâ€ with The Charlotte Symphony and Apolloâ€™s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra.
Upcoming projects include appearances with Opera Boston, The Hartford Symphony, The Louisiana Philharmonic, Apolloâ€™s Fire, The Charlotte Symphony, Boston Baroque, The Boston Chamber Music Society, as well as recording projects with Trinity Choir Wall Street, â€œIl Furiosoâ€, and the composers Ken Sullivan and Tod Machover.