South African soprano Amanda Echalaz made her Royal Opera debut in 2008 as Ker (The Minotaur, world premiere), returning later in the Season as Tosca. She has since sung Tosca in 2013 and 2016 and Lucia (The Exterminating Angel, role creation) in 2017.
Echalaz grew up in Durban and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. She represented South Africa in the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Echalaz began her career singing major roles for Opera Holland Park and English Touring Opera, and now performs for leading opera houses around the world. She has sung Tosca for companies including Berlin State Opera, Opera Australia, Santa Fe Opera, Opéra national du Rhin, La Fenice, Venice, and in Brazil. Other engagements include Lucia for Salzburg Festival, the title role of Manon Lescaut for La Monnaie, Brussels, Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) for Bavarian State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Maddalena (Andrea Chénier) for Bregenz Festival, Salome, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) and Elsa (Lohengrin) for La Monnaie, Elisabetta (Don Carlo) for Berlin State Opera, Liù (Turandot) for English National Opera and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) in Bologna.
Echalaz’s concert repertory includes Elijah, Ein deutsches Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, the Wesendonck Lieder and the Vier letzte Lieder.